Liquor Law Liability Attorney Orlando
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a car accident involving a drunk driver, you should know that the intoxicated driver may not be the only responsible party. The establishment that served alcohol to the driver may also be partially liable for the incident. At the law firm of Todd E. Copeland & Associates, we are personal injury attorneys with specialized expertise in Florida’s liquor liability laws. We understand that when you are the victim of an auto accident, your world can be turned upside down.
What Are Florida's Liquor Laws?
In Orlando, dram shop liability lawyers are governed by Florida statute 768.125, which states:
“A person who sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person of lawful drinking age shall not thereby become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such person, except that a person who willfully and unlawfully sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person who is not of lawful drinking age or who knowingly serves a person habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages may become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such minor or person.”
Being hit by a drunk driver that should not have been on the road in the first place only makes matters worse. Our attorneys will fight hard to make sure that every liable party is held responsible.
What Are Dram Shop Liability Laws?
There are essentially two instances when the Florida Dram Shop Liability Law applies:
- When a bar or restaurant knowingly serves alcohol to a person that is under the legal 21 years of age, liquor liability laws apply.
- When the establishment knowingly serves liquor to someone who has a habitual addiction to alcohol, the owner(s) may be found liable.
In both of these cases, it may be possible to hold the offending entity partially liable for the damage caused by the person who consumed alcohol within their establishment.
We're proud to serve clients throughout Florida including the cities of Clermont, Kissimmee, Tavares, Haines City, Sanford, Leesburg, Lakeland, St. Cloud, Winter Haven, Eustis, Lady Lake, and Apopka.
If you or a family member has been the victim of a drunken driving accident and believe that the bar or restaurant’s actions may fall under the Florida Dram Shop Liability Law, get in touch with our office right away for a FREE consultation. We will go over the details of the accident with you to help determine if you have a case against the establishment that served the drunk driver. And if we do take your case, there are no upfront legal costs -- you only pay if we win compensation for you! Call us today at (407) 999-8995 or toll free at (888) 999-9149.