Knoxville and Maryville Drunk Driving Accident Claims and Tennessee Dram Shop Laws -- Widner v. Chattanooga Entertainment, INC.
Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs can cause injury or death to other motorists, passengers, or pedestrians. Even though Tennessee has enacted laws to aggressively pursue drunk driving, every year hundreds of innocent people are injured or killed due to a drunk driving accident. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed by a drunk driver, our experienced Tennessee car accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you need for recovery.
Tennessee law typically holds the drunk drivers responsible for the harms they cause. However, an experienced attorney will look to other areas for compensation, including "dram shop" laws.
Dram Shop Laws
Dram shop laws extend liability from drunk driving accidents to the commercial establishments that sold alcohol to the individual whose intoxicated driving harmed another. The name dram shop comes from an 18th century term for taverns that sold gin in small quantities called a "dram." Tennessee's Dram Shop Act was enacted in 1986 and has two parts.