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Dram Shop Liability

Drunk driving accidents are traumatic experiences that can deeply affect the lives of victims and their families for years to come. All too often, the financial compensation given for these incidents is insufficient to cover the full extent of all injuries, damage, and suffering caused by the event. However, liability in such an accident frequently extends not only to the drunk driver, but also to the establishment that provided the alcohol as well, which can result in greater compensation for the victim.

In Wisconsin, dram shop liability is only applied to minors who are driving under the influence of alcohol. If it can be established that a liquor store or restaurant knowingly sold alcohol to a minor who subsequently caused injury or damage in a drunk driving incident, the establishment can be held liable by way of dram shop liability. To discuss your options in a case involving dram shop liability, contact a Racine auto accident attorney of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874.

Serving Alcohol to Minors

When a seller provides alcohol to a minor, they may be held liable for any subsequent drunk driving incidents, unless they can show that the following occurred:

  • The underage person represented themselves as being of a legal drinking age.
  • The underage person supported said representation with documentation showing they were of a legal drinking age.
  • The underage person did not physically appear so young that a reasonable person would not believe they were of a legal drinking age.

If those criteria are not met, the seller can be held liable along with the intoxicated driver for any injury or damages that occur.

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The financial burden of a drunk driving accident should never rest on the victims, and settlements frequently do not take into account the full extent of damages. An experienced Racine auto accident lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. may be able to increase the size of your settlement by demonstrating the liability of a tavern or liquor store. Call today at 800-242-2874 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.


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