Can You Sue a Restaurant or Bar for a Drunk Driving Accident?

If you were injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you deserve nothing less than justice and compensation. It may not be enough to go after the person who hit you. In some situations, you can also sue the restaurant or bar that provided the alcohol.

Colorado Dram Shop Law

Most states, including Colorado, have a dram shop law. It allows an injured person or their family to sue an alcohol vendor for damages. These damages may include:

  • Medical treatment
  • Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
  • Property loss
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Punitive damages
  • Funeral expenses in the case of wrongful death

So, how do you prove fault in a dram shop claim? In general, alcohol vendors can be held liable for injuries caused by an intoxicated customer if that customer was under 21 years of age or visibly intoxicated. Our Boulder personal injury attorney Christopher Jeffress will work to find out if the driver who hit you or your loved one was negligently served alcohol.

Car Accidents Involving Alcohol Takeout and Delivery

You may have noticed that lawmakers have relaxed the restrictions regarding alcohol sales during COVID-19. As a result, many bars and restaurants are now providing alcohol for off-premises consumption.

That easy access to alcohol on-the-go isn’t without problems. Experts fear that it could lead to an increased likelihood of intoxicated driving and dram shop claims.

Alcohol vendors must follow certain rules when selling drinks to-go. Our attorney will evaluate every aspect of your case to determine if unlawful alcohol takeout or delivery was involved.

Contact Our Boulder Car Accident Lawyer Today

Don’t wait another day to get help with your car accident. Jeffress Law provides the caring and individualized attention you need to move forward.

Are you ready to find out if you’re entitled to additional compensation under dram shop law? It doesn’t cost you anything to learn about your legal options.

Call 303-993-8685 to schedule a free case review. We proudly serve clients in Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont, and the surrounding areas of Colorado.


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