Although recent statistics show a decline in drunk driving deaths, any drunk driving crash is a tragedy. Drunk driving accidents cause death, injury, and damage that is beyond measure. No question that the drunk driver is responsible for the damage his selfish act may cause, the driver may not be the only one who bears responsibility.
If a bar owner or a restaurant server serves liquor to an obviously drunk patron, the establishment may hold responsibility for the damages if the patron get behind the wheel of his vehicle and causes a tragic drunk driving crash. Under Missouri law an establishment that serves liquor by the drink can be held liable.
Kansas liquor establishment owners can face similar liability. If an intoxicated person is served by someone who can tell they are drunk, or should be able to tell that they are drunk, does the server bear the responsibility to refuse service? The answer to the question may vary, but to the victim of a Kansas City drunk driving crash, the answer is far more personal.