It’s that time of year again, when holiday parties abound and the number of buzzed drivers or intoxicated drivers on the roads increase, putting many innocent pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, and motorists at risk. We may know that a person who gets behind a wheel after drinking and causes an auto accident can be held liable for the damages they cause, but what about the person or business who supplied the driver with the alcohol?
According to the California Supreme Court, social hosts who charge a cover to attend their parties can potentially be held liable for injuries caused by their drunken underage guests. Social host liability imposes liability on social hosts as a result of their serving alcohol to adults or minors. Persons subject to social-host liability in civil lawsuits are generally those that provided alcohol to the obviously intoxicated or to minors who subsequently are involved in vehicle crashes or other activities causing death or injury to third parties. A social host is most often a private individual who serves alcohol in a non-commercial setting.