At Aeton, we take pride in pursuing legal action against any and all responsible parties of a drunk driving accident. Connecticut law also provides a cause of action against alcohol-serving establishments liable for injuries. When alcohol is a factor in an accident, the victims should be fairly compensated for their injuries. Two types of liquor liability legal actions available in Connecticut are Dram Shop Liability and Social Host Liability claims. If injured by a drunk driver in Connecticut, Aeton’s attorneys will find the liable parties. Also, they will work to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Who’s Responsible for Drunk Driving Accidents in Connecticut? – Dram Shop Liability
Drunk driving injuries and deaths have been a serious problem in Connecticut for many years. In 2017, Connecticut had the second highest percentage of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities of all states. Injured victims have a right to be fairly compensated for their damages.
The first liable party is the drunk driver him or herself. However, legislatures and courts have determined that victims deserve to be compensated by all responsible parties. For that reason, many states have made laws to hold the establishments accountable. These laws are referred to as Dram Shop liability laws. At Aeton, we have experience pursuing all available remedies under Connecticut’s strict Dram Shop liability laws.
Dram Shop Liability Laws
Dram Shop liability laws govern commercial establishments who serve or sell alcohol. These laws are in place to hold the establishments that serve alcohol responsible for the intoxicated acts of its over-served patrons. Connecticut General Statutes Section 30-102 is the state’s Dram Shop law. Like other states’ Dram Shop laws, Connecticut’s Dram Shop law authorizes a cause of action against establishments who sell alcohol to an intoxicated person that later causes injury to another person because of the intoxication. Although there is a statutory maximum of $250,000 for claims against the establishment per accident, the statute acts as a deterrent for establishments to over-serve guests and provides an additional means of recovery for victims of drunk driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a drunk driver in Connecticut, call the liquor liability lawyers at Aeton. Time is of the essence when making a liquor liability claim, so retaining an experienced liquor liability lawyer immediately is of utmost importance. For example, C.G.S. Section 30-102 requires that a victim who intends to bring a Dram Shop claim against an establishment must put the establishment on written notice within 120 days of the injury to their person or property. Connecticut’s liquor liability lawyers will ensure you meet all the statutory deadlines so that you do not waive the right to bring any of your potential claims. Aeton’s team of litigation attorneys fight for victims of drunk driving accidents throughout Connecticut, including in Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, Middletown, and Stamford.
Underage Drinking Liability Laws in Connecticut
Aeton’s liquor liability lawyers also specialize in matters pertaining to Social Host Liability. Social Host liability in Connecticut refers to “hosting” underage drinking on one’s property. C.G.S. Section 30-89a states that no person shall “knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence” permit underage possession of alcohol on their property. So, the broad reading of the statute allows police to cite parents for this class A misdemeanor.
Parents found in violation of this statute are liable for any injuries. Aeton’s liquor liability lawyers represent clients with Social Host and underage drinking liability matters throughout Connecticut.