Financial Compensation For People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Indiana
Hi, I’m attorney Jeff Gibson. At Wagner Reese, our personal injury lawyers represent people who have been injured in crashes caused by drunk drivers. Here is some general information on the options for financial compensation available to people who have been injured by drunk drivers in Indiana:
As in all other states, people who have been hit by drunk drivers in Indiana may have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who injured them. But in Indiana and several other states, the legal options available to these victims don’t always end here. In some crashes, people who have been injured by drunk drivers may also file lawsuits against third parties, including alcohol vendors and social hosts.
These third-party lawsuits are commonly known as dram shop claims. In Indiana, an alcohol vendor or social host can be sued for injuries caused by someone that they provided alcohol to if the vendor or host knew that the person was already intoxicated when they provided them with alcohol and this intoxication was a foreseeable cause of the injuries suffered.
For example, if a bartender serves someone who is visibly intoxicated and that customer causes an accident that injures another person after leaving the bar, the bar could be held liable if the injured person files a dram shop lawsuit.
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