Alabama Dram Shop Lawyer
The Alabama laws that regulate the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages are called Dram Shop laws. Dram shop refers to bars, taverns, or similar places where alcoholic beverages are sold. If a bar, restaurant, or store illegally sells alcohol to an individual then they can be held responsible for damages resulting from that sale. If you have been injured as a result of such dram shop violations, then give our Birmingham drunk driving accident attorney a call today.
It is illegal in Alabama for a package store, bar, or restaurant to sell alcoholic beverages to an individual that (under the totality of the circumstances) appears intoxicated. Also, it is illegal for an establishment to sell alcoholic beverages to someone that is under the legal drinking age. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the 33, 808 people that were killed in traffic accidents nationally in 2009, about 10,839 died in an alcohol-impaired vehicle accident.
Drivers that are 21 years old or older are considered legally drunk when their blood alcohol level is .08 or higher. Commercial drivers are considered legally drunk when their blood alcohol level is .04 or higher. School bus and daycare drivers, as well as those under 21 years of age, are legally drunk when their blood alcohol content is .02 or higher. If you, or a loved one, has been seriously injured as a result of a drunk driver then you might have a dram shop claim.
It is illegal for an establishment to sell alcoholic beverages to someone that is clearly drunk and to allow them to leave and get into a car and on the highways. It is also illegal for them to sell alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 years old. Both of these actions are wrongful and they must have consequences in order for other establishments to think twice before they do the same.
These establishments must be held responsible for their actions when someone is injured as a result. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury by an intoxicated driver then give our Birmingham dram shop lawyer a call for a consultation today.