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Dram Shop Liability Law: The Bar’s Responsibility in Arizona

Dram shop liability law holds bars and other businesses responsible for serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated patrons who then go on to cause injury or damage. Learn more about this important legal principle and how it can affect you.

A Bar’s Responsibility

Every year in Arizona there are hundreds of accidents caused by drivers who are drunk or under the influence, many of which end in fatalities. In 2017, 48% of these DUI accidents were recorded as having injured someone which is a huge number of people. If you’ve been involved in an accident where a drunk driver has hit you and you’re now wondering ‘where do I even start with filing a lawsuit?! You may not be aware of the law in Arizona; the dram shop liability law, which details a bar’s responsibility to serve patrons responsibly.

Our experienced attorneys have represented many clients who were unaware of their own rights when it came to finding someone responsible for their car accident with a DUI driver. We wanted to share our own experiences and knowledge to help raise awareness about dram shop liability law and bar’s responsibility to its patrons and why your case could be considered for this.

The injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in Phoenix have significant experience in helping clients who have been victims of DUI accidents where the bar’s responsibility comes into play. If you need help filing a claim for one of these awful, life changing accidents, we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in ChandlerPeoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person or over the phone or video call.  You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.

By the way, we will also help with other problems that have cost you sleep, like getting a rental car very soon and finding a nearby doctor or psychiatrist who can help get your life back on track. Even the best legal team isn’t good enough if your quality of life isn’t sustainable while justice and compensation are on the way. The whole point of legal action is to regain quality of life, so we help you long-term as attorneys and short-term as your go-to people. Our familiarity with the local Phoenix courts makes us confident that we can help you get the best settlement possible.

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Dram shop liability 101- A Bar’s Responsibility to its Patrons

Perhaps you were enjoying dinner with family or relaxing after a round of golf and you’ve sat across from someone who was clearly enjoying one too many drinks- and then they get behind the wheel of their car. It becomes a moral dilemma- do you step in and say something to the driver or should the bar owner speak up? The next time you see something like this, think dram shop liability law and look to the bar or restaurant who is also responsible. It can seem like an extreme line of punishment to hold the bar, shop or restaurant should be held accountable too but when it comes to preventing DUI accidents, our laws take it very seriously.

Serving the toughest punishments in America to DUI drivers

As a state, Arizona has the harshest punishments in the US on drivers who are found guilty of driving under the influence, with mandatory jail time and licenses being suspended for over a year. Our own attorneys here at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law know a lot about the dram shop liability law which considers the bar’s responsibility and role in providing the alcohol to the driver who then went on to cause an accident. Whilst it may be a shared responsibility, a good accident lawyer will help identify where your particular case will be 

We’ve previously covered dram shop liability law and shared some of our previous cases that our attorneys have represented for clients. It helps share both the responsibility of serving alcohol to someone who then causes an accident, as well as support victims of these crashes that happen through no fault of their own.

Our experienced team of lawyers is very familiar with this liability our state law places on commercial places that serve alcohol and would be able to defend your case to the end, under this plea. The dram shop liability law exists for the sole purpose of protecting people just like you from enduring any further suffering from an accident that wasn’t your fault.

Get Help Now

At Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you, we have more than 15 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries from DUI accidents in the Phoenix area, including those where the bar’s responsibility comes into play. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office, conveniently located near you.

If you have been in a DUI accident, contact Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in nearby Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in your area including ChandlerGilbertMesaScottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.

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