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Social Host Liability in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys

The concept of “social host liability” applies to situations where a regular person – not a server at a restaurant or a bar owner – may be held legally responsible for injuries caused by a person to which they have served alcohol. For example, Joe hosts a holiday party and his friend, Frank, has a little too much to drink. Frank decides to drive home and causes an accident, injuring another person. In this scenario, Joe will be partially responsible if social host liability applies.

In Pennsylvania, social hosts are protected against civil liability for drunk driving accidents if the person they served is 21 years of age or older. Social host liability only applies in cases where the driver is not of drinking age. In the above example, Joe would only be liable if Frank were under the age of 21. However, it is important to note that both adults (those over the age of 18) and minors can be held liable.

Have you been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver? Whether you were in another vehicle, were a passenger in the drunk driver’s car, or were a pedestrian or cyclist, Marciano & MacAvoy, P.C. can help. We represent individuals and families across Pennsylvania who have had their lives turned upside down by drunk drivers, and we know how to pursue compensation from all possible sources, such as a party host, a server, or a restaurant, bar, club, or other establishment that serves alcohol.

Find out how we can help you by calling our Philadelphia drunk driving accident attorneys at (215) 608-2183.

Holding Social Hosts Liable for Drunk Driving Accidents

If you were injured by a drunk driver, a complete investigation is necessary to determine how the accident occurred and also who served alcohol to the driver. If the driver was under the age of 21 and was served alcohol at another person’s house, apartment, or other dwelling, that person may be partially responsible under Pennsylvania’s social host liability law. This may provide another valuable source of compensation for your medical care, lost earnings, emotional trauma, and more. Our Philadelphia drunk driving accident lawyers will take every detail into account to maximize your recovery.

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