Dram Shop Laws in North Dakota

Imagine encountering a drunk driver on the road. You’re in the lane next to him or her, and suddenly, the intoxicated driver swerves right into your lane, hitting your vehicle and causing a severe crash. In these situations, the drunk driver is responsible for the crash because of his or her decision to drive under the influence.

However, just because you have legal rights against the drunk driver doesn’t mean that’s where your options end. In North Dakota, dram shop liability can still play a role in drunk driving accidents and recognizing how these laws help you is essential to pursuing the compensation you need and deserve.

What Does the Law Say?

The dram shop laws in North Dakota are detailed under Centennial Code section 5-01-06.1 and it covers the various persons who may be liable when a drunk driver causes severe injuries in a crash. Essentially, the law states that a bar, establishment, or other party sells, gives, or otherwise provides alcohol to someone who is under the age of 21 and/or already visibly intoxicated.

It is the responsibility of the person serving the alcohol to recognize when a patron has had too much to drink and is inebriated. For instance, if a bartender notices a guest slurring words and stumbling around, the bartender can be liable if he or she continues to serve the already intoxicated person and that individual proceeds to cause someone else harm.

What About Social Hosts?

Because the dram shop laws in North Dakota are broad, this extends to social hosts. For instance, if someone is hosting a party and invites numerous friends over for drinks. When someone is visibly intoxicated, the social host has a responsibility to either stop providing them with alcohol or to prevent them from driving.

A social host can be the subject of a drunk driving accident lawsuit whenever he or she proceeds to serve alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated and that person causes harm.

At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., we’re committed to helping you fully understand your rights and options after an injury. Our North Dakota car accident lawyers stand ready to hold all negligent parties accountable for their actions, working to safeguard your best interests every step of the way.

Call our firm at (855) 245-5100 today.