Thursday, June 28, 2012
MARYLAND CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER "Dramshop"
A knowledgeable Maryland Car Accident Lawyer will tell you, a Dramshop Act is a law that imposes civil liability on the vendors of liquor where that liquor is dispensed to someone who is intoxicated, and that obviously intoxicated person then leaves the establishment, and injures another, often in a DUI related auto accident. As all experienced Maryland Car Accident Lawyers know, the cases in Maryland have always held that because the sale of the alcohol does not directly injure the third person, then there can be no liability on the seller- even if that sellers provides alcohol to a clearly excessively intoxicated person. Except one. The Maryland Daily record recently reported that a Maryland Car Accident Lawyer has successfully convinced a trial court that a lawsuit seeking damages against a bar for selling liquor to an intoxicated driver that later killed a child, should be allowed to proceed. According to the paper [v. 122 No. 148] the ruling has been roundly criticized in academic circles. It appears likely that ruling would be overturned on appeal, or, as some Maryland Car Accident Lawyers hope, the case may give the appellate court an opportunity to change the common law of Maryland and impose civil liability on the vendors of liquor where that liquor is dispensed to someone who is obviously intoxicated, and later hurts some one.