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Monday, May 26, 2014

Hosting a New Year’s Eve Party? Here are the Top 5 ways to Protect Yourself and Others.

If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party, you’re probably very busy making last-minute preparations.  But it’s well worth your time to give this a quick read, because these simple tips will help protect you, your guests and the safety of others on the road this New Year’s Eve. 

It’s important for party hosts to know that, under Georgia law, you may be held liable for drunk party guests that get into trouble after leaving your party.  These laws, called “dram shop laws,” typically hold restaurants and bars accountable for over-serving guests who then leave the establishment and cause car accidents while driving under the influence.  In the state of Georgia, dram shop laws can also apply to party hosts who hold social gatherings at home.  This means if you continue to serve drinks to a visibly intoxicated person, and he or she leaves your home and causes a car accident, you may be one of the parties held accountable for the damages. 

The person initiating the law suit would need to prove that the party providing the alcohol was at fault, which is not always easy.  But to be on the safe side, here are the top five ways that party hosts can reduce their exposure to liability:

  1. Have non-alcoholic beverage options and plenty of food available for guests

  2. Stop serving alcohol to guests who are showing signs of intoxication

  3. Have phone numbers handy for local taxi cab and ride share services, and help facilitate safe rides home for any guests who have been drinking

  4. Have clean blankets and pillows available for party guests to spend the night

  5. Never serve alcohol to minors in your home

We hope that you have a great time ringing in the new year, and kick off a healthy and prosperous 2015.

For more information on this topic, email personal injury attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.  Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have investigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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