Social hosts can be held liable for their guests’ mistakes

Firm News On Wednesday, November 14, 2018

As a social host, it is important to monitor the way people are acting at your home. If you are a visitor on a property, keep in mind that the host could be held responsible for your actions. For that reason, you should be respectful and try not to get too intoxicated or to cause other problems for the host.

Whether it’s New Year’s Eve or just a random party, the social host is liable for how much people at the party drink. Social hosts have the right to limit their guests, and should limit their guests, to prevent them from getting drunk or leaving the premises while intoxicated.

What can you do if you’re hit by someone who was drinking at a party?

It is your right to seek compensation from the driver who hits you, but you may also be able to seek compensation from the social host who was serving the guest. By allowing the guest to leave when intoxicated and drive drunk, the host was not performing their duty to keep their guest or others safe.

Social-host liability may also be known as dram-shop liability. Dram-shop liability laws allow victims of drunk drivers to sue those who served the alcohol. The drunken guest can’t sue for the injuries they’ve suffered, but anyone who is hurt by them can.

What should social hosts due to prevent liability?

Social hosts need to know the state laws regarding their liabilities. They also should consider using other venues for parties, because then the venue is considered to be the host. Of course, the best thing to do is to encourage all guests to have designated drivers or to offer for them to stay the night, so they don’t threaten themselves or others on the roads.

It is a social host’s responsibility to avoid serving alcohol to those who seem too intoxicated. They should not encourage behavior that could end up hurting their guests or others on the road.

As a victim, you have rights that you can exercise. You may not feel like it’s the host’s responsibility to make a guest stop drinking, but the law states that it is. You have the opportunity to file a claim against anyone who caused the injuries you’ve suffered. Making multiple claims can help you get the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and other financial impacts of the collision.

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