As far as dram shop laws go, Florida’s is pretty weak. It’s not that F.S. 768.125 isn’t worth considering in your drunk driving accident claim, but it can only be applied in limited circumstances. A dram shop law is one that allows claimants to hold a bar or liquor license holder accountable for failure to prevent a patron from becoming inebriated before getting behind the wheel and seriously injuring himself or others.
The circumstances under which drunk driving accident victims in Fort Lauderdale can assert a dram shop claim are when:
- The driver was served alcohol, despite being under the legal age of 21.
- The bar staff knew or should have known driver was a habitual alcoholic, and yet continued to serve him drinks anyway.