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Although the law can never replace a loved one, the Law Office of Steven L. Weiner & Associates provide means (under California law) of recovery for victims. Victims can sue the drunk driver under the general laws of negligence, but often the drunk driver is either uninsured or underinsured and has few, if any, assets to support a lawsuit.

Even if there is no way to pursue recovery against the drunk driver, there may be a way to pursue recovery against the person who provided the alcoholic beverage to the drunk driver. People who serve alcoholic beverages to obviously intoxicated minors may be liable under California law for damages resulting from the consumption of the alcoholic beverages.

In California, a person who sells, furnishes, gives, or causes to be sold an alcoholic beverage to a habitual or common drunkard or to any obviously intoxicated person is guilty of a misdemeanor. In addition, Dram shop acts ("dram" was once a common term for "liquor") also impose liability for negligence on the sellers of alcoholic beverages for sales to persons under the legal drinking age who are obviously intoxicated. A liquor store, bar or restaurant may be responsible for any damages caused by a person's drinking if it sold alcohol to an underage person who was obviously intoxicated.

Liabilty

Legal liability can attach to "social hosts" as well. A social host is an individual who serves alcoholic beverages in a social setting, such as a home or a party, or as where an employer serves alcoholic beverages at a company. The social host is not required to make sure that no one is consuming more alcohol than they can handle unless the host can reasonably be aware of a problem and prevent it. In California, however, the social host cannot be held liable.

In all automobile accident and wrongful death cases it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and to enable physicians or other expert witnesses to thoroughly evaluate any injuries. 

If you or a loved one is a victim of an automobile accident involving a drunk driver, contact the Law Office of Steven L. Weiner & Associates toll free now at 1-800-704-0151. The consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Don't delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitation expires.
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Injury or death caused by a drunk driver is perhaps the most upsetting, anger-provoking of all kinds of personal injury cases. The thought of an innocent victim suffering serious or fatal injury at the hands of an irresponsible individual can evoke outrage among members of the community. At the Law Office of Steven L. Weiner & Associates we aggressively pursue claims against irresponsible drinkers and the bars, nightclubs, and restaurants that improperly serve them. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, drunk drivers injured more than 250,000 individuals during 2005. 
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