When an intoxicated person causes an injury -- whether through a drunk driving accident or some other kind of mishap -- it can open the door to a number of legal issues.
Let's say Dale is drunk and he rear-ends Patty's car at a red light. Patty obviously has a personal injury case against Dale. But what if Dale was falling-down drunk at the Third Party Bar, and the bartender kept serving him anyway? Depending on the state's law, Patty may be able to file a lawsuit against the Third Party Bar.
In this section, we'll look at common liability issues that arise in alcohol-related accidents, including "dram shop" laws and "social host liability" rules.
Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability in Each State:
District of Columbia