Florida's Dram Shop Law
Our attorneys will work to hold responsible parties accountable
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.