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Is a Bar or Restaurant Responsible for a DUI Accident?

Nashville Drunk Driving Accident Attorney on Tennessee Dram Shop Law

When an intoxicated person leaves a bar or restaurant and causes a car accident resulting in injury or death, it may be possible to hold the establishment that served the drunk driver liable for the resulting damages. This is called dram shop liability. Bars and restaurants have a duty to responsibly sell alcohol in a manner that does not threaten the public.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident with an intoxicated individual and experienced an injury or a wrongful death, it may be possible that the bar or restaurant is responsible for overserving the person. Our Nashville drunk driving accident attorney can offer victims and families legal advice and can investigate whether an establishment or host may be at fault for a dram shop violation.

Since 1997, the Law Office of Stanley A. Davis in Nashville has stood beside the victims of accidents during times when they needed compassionate and experienced legal help the most. Our work in drunk driving lawsuits includes a significant $1,000,000.00 recovery for our client who suffered life-altering spinal injuries when she was rear ended by a motorist under the influence.

Can I Hold the Bar or Restaurant Responsible for My Accident with a Drunk Driver?

Though you are able to file a claim against the drunk driver who injured you or caused the wrongful death of a loved one, it is also possible to hold the bar or restaurant that served the drunk driver at fault if:

  • The business sold alcohol to a person who was visibly intoxicated; or
  • The business sold alcohol illegally to an underage person; and
  • The drunk driver then went on to have a car accident, causing injury to an innocent person.

If you believe this is what happened, call our drunk driving accident attorney to discuss your potential dram shop law case. If there is a criminal or DUI charge pending against the drunk driver, you do not have to wait for an outcome of the criminal case to speak with an attorney. In fact, you should get legal advice as soon as possible.

Can I Hold the Host of a Party Liable for a Crash Caused by a Drunk Driver?

Dram shop law in Tennessee is very clear in regards to what qualifies as a dram shop liability. Alcohol must be sold to a patron in order to hold the establishment responsible. You may, however, file a claim against the drunk driver.

It is best to consult with our drunk driving accident lawyer in Nashville, as each case is unique in its circumstances. Our experienced drunk driving accident attorney can help you evaluate who is at fault and assess your best options.

Need an Attorney to Answer Questions on Bar Liability After a Drunk Driving Accident?

With dram law liability cases, you need an experienced and compassionate drunk driving accident attorney on your side. If you have any questions after being hit by a drunk driver in the greater Nashville area, including Antioch, Gallatin and Clarksville, call our personal injury law firm for free legal advice without any financial risk or obligation to file a claim.

Call (615) 866-3938 to schedule a consultation today.

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  • $1.5 Million Verdict Failure to Yield

    The victim was injured when the defendant failed to yield the right of way, causing him to suffer a ruptured disc in his lower back. Nashville auto accident attorney Stanley A. Davis prosecuted the claim and obtained this verdict for the victim.

  • $485,000 Settlement Failure to Yield

    This Plaintiff was injured when the Defendant entered her lane of travel and failed to yield the right-of-way. Liability was a swearing contest because the Defendant alleged that the Plaintiff entered his lane of traffic and there were no independent witnesses to this collision

  • $500,000 Settlement Pedestrian Accident

    A 19-year-old female pedestrian was walking home from a bus stop in Davidson County, Tennessee when the defendant caused a pedestrian-car accident that killed her.

  • $224,619 Verdict Rear-End Collision

    An elderly woman was traveling from Chicago to Florida for a family vacation when the vehicle she was in was rear-ended by a Defendant driver.  Plaintiff suffered a broken collar bone with significant pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

  • $425,000 Recovered Premises Liability

    A middle-aged man sustained injuries on the premises of a retail store in Tennessee due to the defendant’s negligence. This injured man was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his neck and suffered headaches.

  • $339,163 Verdict Rear-End Collision

    A radiology technician was traveling on Charlotte Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee and while stopped in traffic he was rear-ended by the Defendant.  It was a moderate impact and his vehicle sustained a significant amount of bumper damage.

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