At Terry, Slane & Ruohonen, PLLC, we believe that Minneapolis DUI victims deserve the representation of an experienced attorney who can establish the liquor liability of dram shops or social hosts, when applicable. Our partners are skilled, aggressive litigators who have been recognized as Super Lawyers over many years. Submit our online contact form or call 612-TSR-TIME for a free consultation.
Under state law, a drunk driver may not be the only one responsible for the injuries sustained by victims of DUI-related accidents. Because those who serve or sell alcoholic beverages have a duty to do so in a responsible manner, liquor liability laws hold these individuals and establishments liable for the damages resulting from illegal sales or serving of alcohol.
Dram Shop Liability
A dram shop is any establishment at which alcohol beverages are sold. This may include restaurants, bars, taverns, clubs, liquor stores, and more. Minnesota law states that a dram shop is legally liable for damages caused by patrons to whom it illegally served alcohol. If a Minneapolis bar serves alcohol beverages to a minor or an obviously intoxicated individual, it may be responsible for any injuries caused by that person as a result of being under the influence of alcohol.
Social Host Liability
Bars and restaurants are not the only places where alcohol is served or consumed. It is frequently consumed in homes. The homeowner can be considered a social host and, as such, can be held liable for damages resulting from the alcohol they knowingly and illegally serve to minors. An experienced Minneapolis liquor liability lawyer can help you determine whether the concept of social host liability applies to your case.
Drunk drivers are not only a danger to others, but to themselves as well. Under certain circumstances, the family or dependents of a man or woman who is injured while driving drunk may have a legal claim against the establishments or individuals who served the alcohol – even if the crash involved only one vehicle.
The issue of liquor liability in Minneapolis can be a tricky one. To learn more about this topic, or for legal representation if you have been injured by a drunk driver, call the Minneapolis Liquor Liability Attorneys of Terry, Slane & Ruohonen, PLLC at 612-TSR-TIME today or submit our contact form.