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Fort Lauderdale, FL – Many Florida personal injury lawyers shy away from liquor liability claims and pursue only the underlying accident or injury case. If a drunk driver hits or kills someone, many injury attorneys will only pursue claims against the drunk driver or any possible uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. Inquiry into the accident should not stop there. beer.jpg

Liability in Florida for serving alcohol to minors or alcoholics
Florida has a Dram Shop Act which may impose liability on bars, restaurants and homeowners if certain provisions are met.

Florida Statute section 768.125 states that a person who sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person of lawful drinking age shall not thereby become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such person, except that a person who willfully and unlawfully sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person who is not of lawful drinking age or who knowingly serves a person habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages may become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such minor or person.

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According to witnesses, on December 10, 2010 a semi-truck was travelling at a high rate of speed on US 27 in Weston, Florida when it rear-ended a vehicle with several teenagers inside. Three of the teens died following the crash. The witness said, “What had happened, that semi-truck had come at tremendous speed. That black car looked like it was at the side of the road, broken down.”

The police were investigating the crash to determine fault.

Trucking accidents in Weston, FL are common in US 27 and on other “trucking” roads throughout South Florida. South Florida Truck Accident Attorneys can handle the investigation and civil prosecution of these cases. When a catastrophic accident like this happens, it is important to investigate the facts, secure witness testimony and gather evidence which could disappear over time. In a wrongful death case caused by a tractor trailer where there is a dispute over how the accident happened, an accident reconstructionist may also be necessary to help determine fault.

Trucking companies often have attorneys and claims representatives trained to begin preparing to defend their actions following the accident. Families should consider hiring a Florida Wrongful Death Attorney to protect those who may have rights on behalf of the deceased children.

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