Iowa Social Host Liability Lawyer
Most people have either hosted or attended parties at a private home. Often, alcoholic beverages are served at these parties to help people feel relaxed and comfortable. However, alcohol also severely decreases a person’s ability to drive, so when the party goers leave, it can result in a flood of intoxicated drivers on the road.
In some states, including Iowa, a party host can be held responsible for allowing intoxicated guests to drive home. This is called social host liability. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, social host liability laws can help you seek the financial compensation you deserve for your suffering. Contact an Iowa social host liability attorney from LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today at 877-327-2600 to discuss your potential case.
What is Social Host Liability?
The legal system contends that social hosts are like dram shops in that they provide alcohol to customers or guests. If they continue to provide alcohol to a person who is obviously already intoxicated, or if they allow a clearly drunk person to drive, they are acting irresponsibly and can be held liable for their actions. This is called social host liability. Responsibilities of social hosts include:
- Taking the car keys from someone who intends to drink and drive
- Encouraging guests to find a designated driver
- Calling a taxi for an inebriated guest
- Insisting that drunk guests spend the night as a last resort
However, if a party host fails in this duty, the drunk drivers are a danger to themselves as well as you and your fellow drivers. This is simply unacceptable.
If you have been involved in an accident with a drunk driver who was leaving a party, you should contact an experienced Iowa social host liability lawyer from LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 today to learn more about your legal rights and options.