When an intoxicated patron leaves a bar or restaurant, gets into a motor vehicle and then causes an accident that injures or kills another person, the bar or restaurant may be liable for damages. This area of law is known as dram shop liability. However, the circumstances that would allow you to sue the bar or restaurant are extremely limited in Tennessee.
At Bart Durham Injury Law in Nashville, Tennessee, our legal team is aggressive in holding drunk drivers accountable for the injuries they cause. If you or a loved was injured by a person who was driving under the influence, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your legal options. Those may include suing the drunk driver and in certain circumstances a bar or restaurant that served alcohol to that person. If the drunk driver is underinsured or uninsured, we can also help you recover compensation from your own coverage for uninsured and underinsured drivers.
Responsibilities Of Bars And Restaurants In Tennessee
Under Tennessee’s Dram Shop Act, sellers of alcoholic beverages (known as dram shops) may be liable from damages caused by the people they serve in two circumstances:
- If they sold alcoholic beverages to a person known to be under the age of 21, who subsequently injures someone
- If they sold alcoholic beverages to a visibly intoxicated person, who subsequently injures someone
In both cases, you must show that your injury was the direct result of the drunk driver consuming the alcoholic beverage. That can be difficult to prove. Our Nashville dram shop liability attorneys will examine police reports, witness statements, bar or restaurant receipts and other evidence in your case. With our team of trial lawyers and legal professionals on your side, you can be assured that we will work hard to achieve the full financial compensation to which you are entitled for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, disability and other damages.