Alabama dram shop law is basis of lawsuit in fatal accident

Alabama dram shop law is basis of lawsuit in fatal accident

In May, an 18-year-old male was killed when he was walking from a Hooters to his hotel across the street. That teen’s family has filed a lawsuit under the Alabama Dram Shop Act for his death because Hooters allegedly sold him alcoholic beverages without asking to see his identification to ensure that he was of legal drinking age to be served alcohol.

Underage Drinking The Cause of Accidents

The teen was at the eatery with three other people. One other person in the group was also under 21. The group, including the underage drinkers, were at the restaurant for two to three hours. They drank multiple alcoholic beverages during that time.

All four of the men were heading back to their hotel when tragedy struck. One man was in the middle turn lane and two had crossed the street. The victim was slammed by a vehicle as he attempted to cross the street. His body was thrown approximately 30 feet.

After the fatal accident, it was determined that his blood alcohol concentration was .24 percent, which is three times more than the .08 percent that is considered legally intoxicated for adults. As he was a minor too young to consume alcohol, any reading above zero is illegal.

Understanding The Dram Shop Law

Under the state’s dram shop law, Hooters acted illegally by serving a minor alcohol. It was further in the wrong by continuing to serve the teen alcohol even though he was obviously intoxicated. Because the intoxication is considered a factor in his death, the family opted to pursue legal action.

If you lose a loved one in an accident that could be attributed to an establishment that serves alcohol, you might be able to make a claim based on the dram shop law. Understanding the law can help you prove the necessary elements in the case.

Source:, “Alabama Hooters restaurant sold alcohol to Georgia teen killed in accident, lawsuit claims,” Kent Faulk, Aug. 31, 2016

2017-03-25T21:40:49-05:00January 21st, 2017|Bike and Pedestrian Accidents, Wrongful Death|