Can a bar be held liable for serving alcohol to an adult who later causes a drunk driving car accident?
In Wisconsin, if the person who caused the accident was of legal drinking age, then the answer is no. In many states, an establishment that serves alcohol must train their servers to spot an intoxicated individual and refuse to serve them alcohol if they appear to be past a safe limit. However, in Wisconsin, servers only have a responsibility to refrain from serving underage patrons. If a bartender or server sells alcohol to someone who they know, or should know is under the age of 21, they can be held liable for an accident that is later caused by the minor. The restriction on serving minors in the state of Wisconsin is known as dram shop liability.
If you or someone you love was harmed in an accident caused by an underage drunk driver, you could be entitled to financial compensation from the establishment that served him or her. The Wisconsin dram shop liability attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., are knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who can help. Contact us at 800-242-2874.