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When bars and restaurants might be liable

Suffering a serious injury in an accident with a drunk driver in Georgia can leave you facing permanent disabilities and a reduced quality of life. If you subsequently learn that the driver was overserved at a restaurant or bar just before your accident, you may be infuriated that your accident and injuries could have been prevented.

Under the law, bar and restaurant owners can sometimes be liable when they overserve patrons if the patrons subsequently drive drunk and cause serious injuries or fatalities in accidents. They may also be liable in some cases in which intoxicated patrons assault others who are on the premises of the bar or restaurant.

You may be able to hold the restaurant or bar that overserved the person who caused your injuries by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the bar or restaurant's owner. Bars and restaurants have a duty to stop serving alcohol to patrons who become intoxicated and to prevent them from driving away. If you plan to file a lawsuit, you will need to understand how to draft and file a civil complaint, identify your legal claims and all of the parties that potentially hold liability, serve your complaint and summons, and negotiate throughout the discovery process.

The attorneys at Isenberg & Hewitt P.C. represent people who have been injured because of the negligent, reckless or intentional actions of others. We assist our clients with identifying and naming all of the parties that should be named as defendants and with determining all of the potential legal claims. We draft and file civil complaints and work to serve the named defendants. After the lawsuit has been filed, we negotiate with the defendants throughout the discovery process to try to negotiate successful settlements. To learn more about restaurant and bar liability, you might want to read our Atlanta restaurant injury claims page.

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