Two San Gabriel residents were killed in an alleged drunk driving accident this past week, shortly after leaving a bar. The car crash has raised questions concerning the responsibility of a bar toward patrons. According to sources, four friends left together from the Villains Tavern in Los Angeles after enjoying cocktails. Prior to the accident, the group sent an Instagram photo from the bar with the caption "Drrranks with the homies." An investigation is ongoing to determine whether the accident occurred after the group left that bar, or if they went to another location first.
If you have been involved in a serious personal injury accident, consulting with an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer right away is important to determine your next steps.
California law has limited "dram shop" laws. Dram shop laws impose liability on bars and restaurants for damages that occur as the result of serving alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated. In California, a bar that sells alcohol is generally not liable for damages that result from a person being drunk – even if the seller is aware or should have been aware of the fact that the person was intoxicated.
However, in many instances it still may be possible to hold a bar or restaurant responsible for an ensuing drunk driving accident. It is illegal for bartenders to serve alcohol to an "obviously intoxicated individual," and each bar is responsible for its actions. As stated by an ABC Officer, "It's incumbent on every ABC licensee to make sure they follow all aspects of California law … and that includes not serving alcohol to minors, to obviously intoxicated persons and they need to be responsible servers that ensure that their communities are safe."
If you or a loved one has been involved in a drunk driving accident, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney to begin an investigation into all possible avenues of recovery and ensure that those who are responsible compensate you for the harm caused.
For more information, contact the top San Francisco accident lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.