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Florida's Dram Shop Law

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Following most car accidents attributed to drunk driving, the negligent driver would be held responsible for any damages or injuries he or she caused. For the majority of adult drivers, the vendor who sold them alcohol would not be responsible for accidents caused by drunk driving. But Florida Statute 768.125 declares that when vendors, establishments or businesses knowingly sell or provide alcohol to minors or people with known alcohol addictions, they can be held responsible for any injuries that are caused.

An experienced car accident attorney at Pajcic & Pajcic will get to the bottom of it. We'll launch an investigation and find out who was responsible for injuries caused by drunk driving. We are dedicated to helping victims injured by drunk drivers seek justice.

Examples of dram shop claims in Florida

Any vendor, establishment or business that serves alcohol in Florida should practice caution. Failure to do so could result in a serious injury or fatality, as well as a lawsuit.

Dram shop claims can result from:

  • A minor or alcohol-addicted driver injures another person: A person under the age of 21, or an adult with a habitual alcohol addiction, purchases or receives an alcoholic beverage from a vendor, establishment or business. The same person then operates a motor vehicle and causes an accident, injuring another party. Whoever is responsible for providing the alcohol can be held accountable for any damages or injuries caused by the crash.
  • A minor or alcohol-addicted driver injures themselves: A person under the age of 21, or an adult with a habitual alcohol addiction, is provided alcohol from a vendor, establishment or business. That person gets injured in a crash with another vehicle or stationary object. The vendor or establishment can be held accountable for injuries caused to the person they served alcohol to.

Pajcic & Pajcic has extensive experience with both types of dram shop claims. In one representative case, we recovered $950,000 from a restaurant that had served alcohol to a 20-year-old.

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    It's always advisable to practice responsibility before getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. There is no reason why a minor under the age of 21 should consume alcohol. Equally, adults with known addictions to alcohol are a danger to themselves and others.

    However, when a bar, liquor store or other business knowingly serves alcohol to a minor or adult with an addiction, they should be held accountable. If you have been injured by a drunk driver who was irresponsibly served alcohol, you may be eligible to receive compensation from the vendor, establishment or business.

    Don't let someone else's negligence take a toll on your life. Take your claim seriously from the start. The Florida statute of limitations for dram shop claims is four years. Taking prompt action is a great way to build a strong claim. Let the attorneys at Pajcic & Pajcic handle the rest. We'll investigate your claim and work to hold negligent vendors, establishments and business accountable for your losses.

    Contact Pajcic & Pajcic for a free case evaluation, or call 904-358-8881. You shouldn't have to suffer because of someone else's irresponsible behavior.

    Pajcic & Pajcic
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    Jacksonville, FL 32202

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