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Drunk Driver Accidents

Alcohol Sales and Service Liability

A drunk driver who had been over-served at a bar pinned a man between her car and a pickup truck in a parking lot.

Drunk drivers endanger us all. They cause horrific, tragic injuries and deaths to innocent people.  One of the ways in which the law tries to prevent drunk drivers from being on our roads is to hold retail establishments, restaurants, and bars liable for selling or serving alcohol to people who appear to be intoxicated.  Store clerks, bartenders, and servers are prohibited by statute and administrative regulation from selling or serving alcohol to any person who exhibits signs of intoxication.  They are also prohibited from selling or serving alcohol to minors. When stores, restaurants, or bars sell or serve alcohol to a person who exhibits signs of being intoxicated or to minors, they can be held liable for the damages caused when that person causes a collision as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol. The lawyers at SKW have handled a number of cases against retail establishments, restaurants, and bars for selling or over-serving alcohol to people who are intoxicated.  Our experience in this area gives us knowledge of the legal issues, investigative resources, and technical issues involved in this type of case.

Representative Cases

Denny v. Houghton Distributing

(1990) $1,250,000 settlement for paralysis from an auto collision after mini-mart sold beer to minors.

Santos v. [Confidential] Bar
David Santos lost his young son, when a drunk driver hit him on a well lit road. Terrance Oleson and James Nichols started celebrating another friend's 25th birthday by drinking about a dozen screwdrivers and smoking pot at Nichols' house. After getting served a series of beers and shots at the defendant bar, the drunk duo went on a small trek that resulted in hitting young Shane. Shane was on a bike, headed to the 7-11 with his friends (who survived but were seriously injured). He died at the scene.