Holding Bars Responsible For Over-Serving
If a bar over-serves alcohol to a person, and that person drives and hurts or kills someone, the bar may be responsible. Bartenders cannot serve alcohol to someone who is visibly drunk. To bring a liquor liability case, you have to meet strict time deadlines. Call an Oregon dram shop lawyer with experience handling holding bars accountable for over-serving alcohol. Bars and taverns understand that the more they serve, the more they make. But Oregon law prohibits them from over-serving alcohol. They do it because it pays. An experienced liquor liability lawyer can make the bar or tavern pay for the harm they have caused.
Reasons To Act Quickly
- Evidence may be lost. Some bars and taverns have video surveillance. These video systems are often set to recycle the “tape” on a regular schedule. The video may show a bartender serving a staggering drunk with his car keys in his hand, but if it gets recycled, you’ll never see it.
- Witnesses may be lost. If you ask a person to tell you who was at the bar with them last night, they may remember. If you ask them who was at a bar with them 4 months ago, they likely will not. These are hard cases. Don’t make them harder by waiting until nobody remembers anything.
- Bartenders and staff may change jobs, move or become unavailable. I’ve dealt with this problem in a liquor liability case. One of the bartenders who served the drunk person who ran over my client moved and left no forwarding address to her former employer. It took a great amount of work to locate her. Without her, we would not have learned some very important information about the other bartender and manager that made our case.
- If you’ve been injured by someone you suspect was over-served alcohol, call right away so that you don’t miss a deadline or lose evidence that would prevent you from making a full financial recovery.