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Dram Shop Act and accountability in drunk driving crashes

Accident victims and their loved ones often feel frustrated after a car crash, and they want answers. How the accident was caused and whether their life will ever be the same are just some of the questions that go through the minds of many car accident victims. Getting answers can be difficult, but obtaining accountability doesn't have to be. In Indiana, it is possible to hold not only a drunk driver accountable for his or her negligent act, but also the establishment or host that provided him or her with alcohol.

Known as a Dram Shop Act, this law allows an injured party to pursue a personal injury claim against a person or business that served a drunk driver. However, there are certain conditions that must be met before this law can be applicable to the situation at hand.

When is it possible to hold a party liable under a dram shop law? Generally speaking, an individual or establishment that served an intoxicated driver may be found liable if it can be shown that it had actual knowledge that the person was visibly intoxicated at the time they were being provided with drinks. It must also be shown that intoxication was a proximate cause of the damages suffered by accident victim. Not only establishments such as barscan be found liable under this law-anyone can be held accountable.

A drunk driving accident can cause devastation and frustration for victims and their families.If the person or establishment that furnished the drinks to a drunk driver had stopped in a timely manner, it is possible that many crashescould have been avoided. Utilizing dram shop laws are one way to hold these negligent parties accountable, but it is important that the requirements of the law are met. An experienced lawyer may be able to provide useful guidance in pursuing a lawsuit under this legal theory.

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