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Can a bar or restaurant be held liable for a drunk driving accident?

Under North Carolina dram shop laws, if a victim of a drunk driving crash can prove certain elements, they can recover financial compensation for the losses their injuries caused:

  • The victim must prove that the drunk driver obtained alcohol at the establishment they are suing.
  • The alcohol the establishment sold the driver caused the driver’s intoxication.
  • The driver was legally drunk at the time of the crash.
  • The accident was a result of the driver’s intoxication and the victim’s injuries were caused by the crash.
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