Even with increased awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, almost 40 percent of all traffic-related fatalities across the United States involve alcohol. In the state of Wisconsin, the statistic is even higher with 45 percent of all traffic fatalities– 251 lives – involving alcohol. When drivers choose to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol, they are putting innocent lives at risk of a serious accident and injury. Along with taking legal action against the intoxicated driver, victims of drunk driving accidents may also be able to take civil action against the host of a party or social event that served the driver alcohol before the accident.
Similar to dram shop laws that hold restaurants or bars liable for repercussions of an inebriated driver, the state of Wisconsin also has social host liability laws that allow injured drivers to take legal action against careless party hosts. To learn more about whether or not social host liability applies to your case, contact the Lake Geneva social host liability lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874.
Similar to dram shop laws that let injured victims in drunk driving accidents take legal action against restaurants and bars, social host laws allow drunk driving accident victims to take legal action against social hosts. However, you can only take action against the social host if he or she served alcohol to a minor under the age of 21 before he or she got in an accident.
The social host also must reasonably have known that the minor was underage or should have known for the lawsuit to be valid. Neglecting to properly check the ages of guests and ensure that all precautions are being taken as a host can be construed as negligent, allowing an injured person to hold a host liable for their suffering.
At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., our Lake Geneva social host liability attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients fight for financial compensation when they’ve been injured by drunk drivers. Contact us today at 800-242-2874 to schedule a free consultation.