Accidents caused by drunk drivers are a real concern in Connecticut, as they happen far too frequently. When drunk driving accidents do occur, it is normal for the victims or -- in the event of fatality -- their family members to question who may be held accountable for any losses sustained. While in most cases, victims set their sights on taking legal actions against the drivers, few may realize that bars and alcohol retailers may also be found partially liable for such accidents.
Connecticut has adopted what are known as dram shop laws, which allow civil lawsuits to be brought against alcohol vendors if patrons cause DUI-related crashes after leaving their establishments. These cases are not always easy to prove, however. A significant amount of investigative work is necessary before filing claims against alcohol vendors/retailers.