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Although this case was not handled by the Karns & Kerrison, we found it interesting and wanted to share it with our readers here on the blog.

A bar can be sued for serving beer to an "apparently" intoxicated person that caused an accident - the plaintiff should not have been required to prove the person was "obviously" intoxicated when served by the bar, per the Washington State Supreme Court.

The Plaintiff was injured when the intoxicated person struck his vehicle. The plaintiff sued the bar for negligence.

The bar argued the plaintiff had to prove that the person was "obviously" intoxicated when served alcohol in order to recover from the bar. The court agreed and the plaintiff lost.

The Supreme Court reversed the case and allowed the plaintiff to recover stating serving an "apparently" intoxicated person was enough and it was not necessary to prove "obviously" intoxicated.

The law in Rhode Island places liability on a bar or restaurant for serving alcohol to a "visibly intoxicated" person with injury resulting to another person.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an automobile accident, you need personal injury attorneys who know the law. Karns & Kerrison personal injury lawyers offer free consultations and no fee unless successful. Their experience in handling cases involving negligent drivers is extensive, and they are familiar with reviewing the kinds of data that can help prove negligence in an injury situation. Contact them now at (888) 281-3100 for an appointment.


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