Who can sue whom and why? The driver and passengers of the innocent vehicle can sue the driver of the BMW for causing the accident. Can anyone else be sued? Yes, if the drunk driver were served alcohol after he became intoxicated, then the bar that sold the alcohol can also be sued for serving an intoxicated customer. The bar contributed to this accident, just as much, if not more than the driver of the car. Bartenders are trained professionals who should know when to stop serving a customer who has had too much to drink. The customer looses good judgement after so many drinks and is not in the best position to know when he has had too much to drink. For example, how can you tell if you are slurring your words, if you are the one doing the slurring? You can't, but the bartender can because he was trained to look for that and other signs that show that the customer has had too much to drink. The phrase that alcohol companies like to use is "drink responsibly", I think the phrase should be "serve responsibly"; how about "friends don't let friends drive drunk"? who do you think came up with that one? The alcohol industry did. They always try to blame the driver and not their bartender. The phrase should read: "bartenders should not let customers get drunk in the first place". But, who is in the business to make money selling alcohol? Who should bear the responsibility for contributing to an accident. If you are going to over serve a customer, then you should have to pay the price for contributing to the accident.
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) do not put up with this bull and neither should we. When the time comes for the jury to set the amount of damages against the bar, they should make them pay for what they caused.
Jackson, MS auto accident lawyer Paul Snow has handled a number of cases against bars and other alcohol providers. If you have any questions about a case involving alcohol, call Paul Snow now to discuss your case at 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent clients all over Mississippi including Pascagoula, Clinton, Pearl, Starkville, Olive Branch, and Clarksdale. We help people who have been injured or killed in auto accidents, 18 wheeler accidents, motorcycle accidents, drunk driving accidents and accidents involving defective products.