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Dram Shop Liability
January 3, 2020

What Type of Liability are Dram Shop Laws?

When you are injured in a car accident with a drunk driver, you may have many questions running through your mind. How will you pay for your medical expenses? Will you recover from your injuries? Who is to blame? 

Dram Shop Laws in Rhode Island

Dram shop laws in Rhode Island outline some of the responsibilities establishments have to serve alcohol. When a bar or establishment has a liquor license, they may be responsible for the harms and injuries suffered by a drunk driver served at their facility.

What Type of Liability is Dram Shop Liability?

Dram shop liability is a type of civil liability that stems from allegations of bars over-serving alcohol. That means that when a drunk driver injures you in an accident, you are allowed to seek compensation from both the drunk driver and the establishment who negligently served them alcohol.

Getting Compensation After a Drunk Driving Accident

If you are injured by a drunk driver, it is important to understand how Rhode Island’s dram shop liability laws could affect your case.

Your attorney will need to investigate the incident closely. This often takes an in-depth and lengthy investigation into the events of the incident, including the crash itself. This may include examining the drunk driver’s bar tab, reviewing video footage, and speaking with eyewitnesses. It also involves getting the BAC results and investigating the incident. Your attorney will need to interview other servers, bartenders, and guests to compile the evidence necessary to win your case.

If the bar negligently served the drunk driver, you may be able to file a liability claim against them. Your attorney can help you obtain the money you need to pay for your medical expenses, long-term care, rehabilitation, lost wages, loss of future earnings, and pain and suffering. Without an attorney on your side, you may not receive the money you need to recover.

Contact Our Providence Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Today

If you or someone you love has been injured in a drunk driving accident, we can help. It is critical to speak to an experienced and skilled Providence drunk driving accident lawyer as soon as you are injured. At Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd, our Providence drunk driving accident lawyers know that there are often multiple parties responsible after an accident. That’s why we work tirelessly for injured accident victims every step of the way. We can uncover all liable parties and help you recover the money you need. Call us today at (401) 273-8330 or fill out our confidential contact form for a free initial consultation and review of your case.