New York Dram Shop Act laws are clear in stating that it is illegal for a bar or restaurant to serve alcohol to a minor or a visibly intoxicated person explains Arkady Frekhtman of the F&A injury law firm, New York Dram Shop lawyers. In the event that they do so and that person, whether in a vehicle or in person, injures another person, the establishment can be held liable.
In other words, if you are involved in a vehicle accident or a fight with a person who is intoxicated, the bar or restaurant who served that person and contributed to their intoxication can be held liable.
The gray area comes in defining ‘visibly intoxicated’. It is not always clear when a person is intoxicated. There are signs that bar and restaurant employees are trained to look for, staggering, slurred speech, glassy eyes, etc. It is left to their discretion whether or not to continue to serve a person. Since these establishments make their money on the sale of alcohol, they often serve that ‘last’ drink instead of potentially offending a paying customer.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a person who may have been intoxicated, contact an accident/personal injury attorney. An attorney who specializes in these types of cases will know the specifics of the law. They will investigate the situation and circumstances, analyze the evidence, and make the gray areas clear.
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