When a drunk driving accident results in serious injuries, the intoxicated driver is liable for their actions. However, there may be other accountable parties. Bars, restaurants, and party hosts are responsible for ensuring a safe environment.
Dram shop law in Colorado
Colorado has a dram shop law. Bars and restaurants may be liable for serving intoxicated or underage individuals. A three-point test is used to determine dram shop liability:
- The drunk driver’s actions were negligent and were the cause of your injuries
- The driver is under 21 or visibly intoxicated, and an establishment knowingly provided drinks to the driver
- You suffered damages
It is not enough to show that the bartender should have known the driver was drunk. The bartender must know that the driver was drunk and still served drinks to the driver. This is an important distinction that is crucial to prove liability. A skilled professional can explain in further detail how this requirement may impact your personal injury claim.
You only have a short time to pursue a dram shop liability claim
There is a one-year statute of limitations for dram shop liability claims. If a drunk driver has caused you to suffer serious injuries, you should explore your legal options as soon as possible.
Sending a message to negligent parties
Pursuing compensation for injuries suffered in a drunk driving accident is about more than money. Seeking damages through a lawsuit also sends a message to establishments that reckless and negligent actions will not be tolerated. Your demand for accountability can help make the roads safer for responsible drivers.