New Year’s Eve can be a lot of fun! Games, celebrations, champagne and more. Sometimes, partygoers have too much more – too much to drink. If you are hosting the New Year’s Eve party and someone drinks too much at your party and then causes a car accident, are you responsible for the injuries your guest caused?
This is known as social host liability. In Florida, the law is somewhat clear. Florida Statute 768.125 (Liability for injury or damage resulting from intoxication) reads:
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.
In essence, if you are hosting the New Year’s Eve party and one of your guests drinks too much and causes injuries to another, you are only responsible if you:
a. willfully furnish alcohol to someone under 21 years old; or
b. serve alcohol to someone you know is habitually addicted to the use of alcohol.
That being said, still be a responsible New Year’s Eve party host or hostess. Provide lots of water for your guests; call Uber or Lyft for anyone who may need it; or even take the air mattresses out of the closet.
Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and New Year! Celebrate the good in 2018 and toast to even more good in 2019! Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t!
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