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Illinois Dram Shop Laws

If you were injured or a loved one was killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you have the right to pursue a claim for negligence or wrongful death against the driver. In addition, you may also have a claim against the bar, restaurant or other establishment that served alcohol to the drunk driver under Illinois' Dram Shop laws. Dram shops are establishments that provide alcohol for sale to customers. Under Illinois' Dram Shop laws, there are three classes of people who may be held responsible for the injuries caused by a drunk driver:

  1. People that own or operate bars, restaurants or other establishments licensed under Illinois law to sell alcoholic beverages to customers are liable for injuries caused by intoxicated individuals who were sold and consumed alcohol at the establishment.

  2. People at least 21 years of age who pay for a hotel room or other facility, knowing that it will be used by persons under 21 for the consumption of alcohol, are liable for injuries caused by intoxicated individuals who consumed alcohol on the premises.

  3. People who own, rent, lease, or permit occupation of a building or premises knowing that alcohol will be sold on the property are liable for injuries caused by any intoxicated person who purchased and consumed alcohol on the premises.

Our compassionate personal injury attorneys know that the consequences of a drunk driving accident can be extreme. Victims often suffer debilitating injuries, such as brain damage, spinal cord injury, paralysis and loss of limbs. The quality of their lives are truly changed forever. If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one at the hands of an irresponsible drunk driver, the aggressive attorneys at Christine A. Keys can help you seek justice for your loss and financial compensation to help you cope with the changes in your life.

At Christine A. Keys, we aggressively pursue claims against drunk drivers and the establishments responsible for over-serving them. It is important to note that Dram Shop cases must be brought within one year of the date of the injury-causing event. People injured in drunk driving accidents should seek the advice of an attorney immediately to ensure that their case is filed before the statute of limitations expires. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a drunk driving accident, please contact the Illinois personal injury attorney Christine A. Keys at (309) 786-1622 today to discuss your case.