Does South Carolina Have a Dram Shop Statute?
When you’re injured as a result of a drunk driver, the first thought is that the person who drank is solely negligent and responsible for your damages. While this is true for the most part, there may be some situations in which an additional party may be considered accountable.
Many states recognize a dram shop liability statute. While South Carolina does not have a specific dram shop statute as part of the laws, these types of claims are accepted and recognized to help individuals pursue legal action against a party other than the drunk driver when their actions contribute to the accident.
What Is Dram Shop Law?
When a bar, convenience store, or other establishment serves alcohol to someone who is already intoxicated or a minor, they can be considered responsible should the person they serve go on to cause an injury in a car accident.
The courts look at this action as negligence because the establishment should be able to foresee that the person they serve can cause someone else harm. The lawsuit against the establishment is in addition to the legal action taken against the drunk driver.
What Is Social Host Liability?
This type of situation involves minors who are provided alcohol by a social host—such as at a house party. Social host liability does not exist when an adult is served in this setting, but a homeowner or person who gave the minor alcohol can be considered liable for any accident caused after the fact.
South Carolina also imposes criminal charges against those who serve minors or help minors obtain alcohol.
Following a drunk driving accident resulting in injuries, our South Carolina car accident lawyers work to help the victim pursue the compensation necessary to cover the damages sustained. We work hard to hold the negligent party accountable every step of the way.
At Anastopoulo Law Firm, we look at the case from every angle to determine who can be held accountable. You can count on us to put your best interests at the top of our priority list.
Call our firm today at (800) 313-5984 if you believe you have a case.