Arizona Dram Shop Law

Drunk drivers are a major factor in car accidents that lead to severe injury and death. Among US drivers between the ages of 20 and 24, alcohol is involved in about 70% of fatal motor vehicle accidents. While drunk drivers have no one to blame but themselves, they are not the only ones who share responsibility for the widespread public health threat known as impaired driving.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a drunk driver, you may have grounds for legal claims against both the driver and the establishment that served him or her alcohol. This is due to a state law known as the Dram Shop Statute. To learn more about this statute and how it may help your case, call the Phoenix dram shop lawsuit attorneys of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. at 800-763-0964.

Who is Responsible?

When people drink, their decision-making abilities become impaired. Establishments that serve alcohol, including bars, restaurants, and liquor stores, should be aware of this effect. That is why they have the responsibility to refuse alcohol to a patron who is clearly intoxicated. Of course, they also have a duty to enforce the minimum drinking age and other relevant laws.

When establishments fail to meet these duties, they share responsibility for some of the negative consequences. For example, if an intoxicated person causes a car accident or otherwise harms an innocent person, the victim can file a suit against the alcohol-serving establishment. If the victim dies from his or her injuries, his or her family can file a wrongful death claim.

It is important to note that intoxicated people who harm themselves or others do not have grounds for Phoenix dram shop claims. Under the law, they are responsible for their choices to drink excessively and any harm that may have resulted. However, people who have been hurt by drunk drivers through no fault of their own deserve fair compensation.

Contact Us

Filing a legal claim against a negligent store or bar can help you win repayment for costs like medical bills, missed work, and suffering. To learn more, contact the Phoenix dram shop lawyers of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. at 800-763-0964.

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