Understanding Dram Shop Laws & DUIs in Virginia
Justin Sheldon—May 26, 2017
When a person is harmed because of a drunk driver, it is the injured person’s right to file a civil lawsuit to seek damages from the liable party. In some states, the law allows the wronged party to take it a step further under “dram shop” law, or social host liability. Each state has its own laws for this, and Virginia is one of the states that does not have dram shop liability.
What Are Dram Shop Laws?
Dram shop laws allow the injured person to place responsibility for the incident on the establishment or person who provided the alcohol in the first place. These laws hold bars, restaurants, and other establishments that provide alcohol, legally responsible for over-serving intoxicated customers.
However, in the state of Virginia, the law holds that individuals are independently responsible for the injuries and damages caused because of their actions and intoxication. The provider of the alcohol is, therefore, not to be held responsible simply for providing the means.
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By Justin Sheldon
Justin Sheldon's law career of over ten years began with a sympathy for those who had been injured and a passion for representing those injury victims. With years of experience, ongoing legal education, and various awards winnings, Justin provides the expert and fierce legal representation that Virginia personal injury victims both require and deserve.
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