North Carolina Alcohol Serving Laws
Liability in Drunk Driving Accidents
In some states, businesses that sell alcoholic drinks to obviously intoxicated or underage persons may be held liable for injuries those people cause. This is referred to as the Dram Shop Act. As an example, the victim of a drunk driving accident could pursue compensation from the bar that served the driver, if the driver was obviously intoxicated or underage when served alcohol by the bar. This can provide another source of compensation in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit involving an intoxicated person’s negligence or wrongdoing.
Crumley Roberts handles Dram Shop Act lawsuits for clients across North Carolina. As injury attorneys, we have seen the devastating consequences of drunk driving crashes many times. We are committed to helping victims of drunk driving accidents by holding at-fault parties accountable for their conduct. If this includes a bar, restaurant, nightclub, or other establishments, we will consider how the dram shop laws may apply.
Dram Shop Laws in North Carolina and South Carolina
North Carolina General Statutes §18B-121 allows an injured person to hold an alcohol vendor accountable if:
- The vendor sells or serves alcohol to a minor under the age of 21;
- The minor causes a car accident while under the influence of that alcohol; and
- The accident was caused by the minor’s drunk or intoxicated driving behavior.
In South Carolina, there are no specific dram shop laws that apply to drunk driving accidents and alcohol vendor liability. South Carolina courts have, however, allowed injury victims to seek compensation from businesses for serving intoxicated or underage drivers.
By discussing your unique case with a knowledgeable professional, you can find out more about whether dram shop liability may apply in your situation. At Crumley Roberts, we are here to help you through life’s most difficult moments. As your advocates, our lawyers and support staff will be here to provide a shoulder to lean on through this difficult time.
If you believe you have a possible dram shop case, we encourage you to call our offices at (866) 691-0607 for a free consultation.