According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every day, 36 people in the United States die, and approximately 700 more are injured, in motor vehicle accidents that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. In 2006, 13,470 people died in alcohol -impared driving crashes, accounting for nearly one third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. The same ratio held true for Alabama, as there were 1,206 traffic accident fatalities in Alabama in 2006, 384 (32%) involved drivers who had a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of .08 or higher.
Often, the intoxicated driver’s condition is set into motion by a bar, restaurant or package store that unlawfully sells or furnishes alcohol to this intoxicated driver. Many states, including Alabama, have laws in place that regulate the sell and distribution of alcohol. These laws are also known as Dram Shop Laws.
Alabama code section 6-5-71 provides a cause of action for spouses, parents, and children who shall be injured in person, property, or means of support by any intoxicated person. This section grants these individuals a right of action against any person who shall, by selling, giving, or disposing of alcohol to another, contrary to the provisions of law. [Read more…] about Alcohol Related Accidents and Alabama’s Dram Shop Law