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What are dram shop laws in Ohio?

Being hit by a person who is driving drunk can cause serious injuries. In some cases, drunk accidents might lead to death. If you are injured in a drunk driving accident or if a loved one is killed, it is possible to seek compensation for the damages caused by the accident. In Ohio, it is possible to hold the drunk driver responsible in civil court. It is also possible in some cases to hold the vendor of the alcohol or the social host liable for the accident. Our readers might be interested in learning more about these "dram shop" laws.

What is the purpose of dram shop laws?

Dram shop laws allow victims of drunk driving accidents to hold establishments and some social hosts liable if a person who was consuming alcohol at their place causes an accident. In Ohio, dram shop laws apply to vendors if an adult or minor is involved in an accident. Social hosts are only held liable in Ohio for minors who consumed alcohol.

How do dram shop laws work?

The premise of dram shop laws is that they help to prevent over-serving. This means that if a person is noticeably intoxicated and the establishment continues to serve them alcohol, the vendor can be held liable. These laws enable a victim of a drunk driving crash to hold the drunk driver and the establishment responsible for the damages associated with the accident.

Dram shop laws in Ohio are complex, so it is vital to understand them. Once you understand these laws, you can determine if the establishment should be named as a defendant. Working quickly is vital to ensure you are able to file your complaint within the time allotted by Ohio laws.

Source: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, "Dram Shop Overview" Dec. 07, 2014

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