The state of Minnesota has liquor liability laws. An individual injured in an accident caused by an intoxicated person may also have a claim against the establishment that served alcohol to the intoxicated party. This means that bars, restaurants and other establishments that serve alcohol may be held responsible for continuing to serve alcohol to a person who is already intoxicated. If they knowingly continue to sell alcohol to the person and an accident results, Minnesota laws state that the establishment can be held liable for the victim’s injuries. Alcohol serving establishments have a responsibility to exercise proper judgment.
To successfully bring this type of claim, the injured individual must show that the intoxicated individual was clearly intoxicated when they were served alcohol, or that the intoxicated person was a minor. It is important to hold all responsible parties liable, but it can be a challenge tracing and proving where and how alcohol continued to be served to an already intoxicated person, and that caution was not exercised. There are, however, methods that can be used to trace back to the establishment, so that they will be held accountable, as well.
If you have been injured by an intoxicated person, call the Personal Injury attorneys at McCullough & Associates and our lawyers will review your situation, explain available options, and ensure you receive professional and effective representation.