Can a Party Host be Held Responsible for Drunk Driving Accidents in Maryland?
Every state has its own set of rules regarding social hosts and their liability when one of their guests causes a crash after drinking at their party. When someone is injured because of a drunk driver, many states allow the injured party to file a claim against the vendor or social host who sold or supplied the alcohol. Some Maryland accident victims might wonder whether they can file a lawsuit against a third party. Unfortunately, they may not file claims against third parties, such as party hosts, in Maryland.
However, they can still file a lawsuit against the person who caused the accident. Partnering with a Maryland car accident attorney is your best chance of receiving compensation for your injuries.
Can I File a Claim Against an Adult Who Gives Alcohol to a Minor in Maryland?
Adults are not allowed to supply, give, or provide alcohol to minors at their residence. An adult who provides alcohol to a minor in a private setting may face criminal penalties, such as fines and/or jail time. Penalties for the adult may increase if the minor causes an accident and injures another party.
While you’re not able to file a civil claim against the adult who provided the alcohol, state prosecutors might be able to bring a criminal case against them.
Are You Able to File a Claim Against Maryland Restaurants that Serve Alcohol to Minors?
Accident victims might be able to file a personal injury claim against the bar or restaurant that served the individual alcohol, but only if they served alcohol to someone under 21. Establishments with liquor licenses in Maryland may not be sued for selling alcohol to a patron of legal drinking age who is already drunk.
Can I Still File a Car Accident Claim Against the Drunk Driver?
Even though you cannot file a drunk driving accident claim against a social host or bar, you can still file a claim against the negligent party. While all car accident claims are different, your attorney might be able to secure compensation for the following losses:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Loss of income/future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Physical therapy
- Loss of quality of life
- Emotional distress
One thing you should never do following an auto accident in Maryland is to put full faith in an insurance company. Insurers will do everything they can to diminish your claim and pay you as little as possible. So, if you’re injured by a drunk driver in Maryland, turn to an attorney before discussing your case with an insurance agent.
Skilled Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Maryland
If you or a loved one suffered an injury from another person’s negligence, you should immediately seek legal representation. Attorney Hillel Traub of the Law Officers of Hillel Traub is a top choice for personal injury representation throughout Maryland. Keep in mind that all personal injury claims must be filed within three years of the injury date, meaning you must act quickly to ensure the best chance at a successful result.
Throughout his career, Attorney Traub has collected millions of dollars for his clients, and he brings over 20 years of exceptional service to your case. To speak with Attorney Hillel Traub, call us today at (410) 580-1100 or complete an online contact form.