What is a social host?
A social host is someone other than a bar or restaurant (a private individual) that knowingly provides alcohol to someone knowing that person has will have to operate a motor vehicle when they leave the social host home.
This is a social host liability case filed in Dekalb County, Georgia. Our clients are James and Eula Long. Eula was a courier for Life Community Blood Bank South. She had driven to Atlanta to make a delivery to a blood bank in the Atlanta area. When she traveled her husband usually accompanied her so that she would have a companion while traveling.
As James and Eula traveled Interstate 85 back to Montgomery, they were involved in a serious automobile wreck just South of Atlanta. The other driver involved in this wreck was operating her vehicle under the influence of alcohol. The experts in our case have given opinions that at or near the time of this wreck, the other drivers' blood alcohol level was approximately .16 or twice the legal limit in the State of Georgia.
The other driver was arrested and convicted of operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
In representing the Long's, we found out through discovery that the other driver had been at a friend's home and had been drinking alcohol for approximately 4 to 5 hours prior to the wreck. Fortunately for our client, the State of Georgia allows an injured person to bring suit against a "social host".
Early in the litigation, the drivers insurance company tendered the policy limits for both Mr. and Mrs. Long who were seriously injured. We now have a claim pending against the social host, which is set for Trial in the early part of 2004.
What can I do if I have been injured as the result of an social host?
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury as the result of an social host, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact us today!