Jun 4

Is the Host of the Graduation Party Responsible for the Actions of Their Guests?

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Throwing a graduation party? Thinking about allowing kids under 21 to drink beer or alcohol to celebrate their freedom? If you are hosting a party, you will want to read further.

Typically, under Florida law, a person who sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages is NOT responsible for the actions of the person who over consumes the alcohol and injures others in a car accident or other type of accident. One exception to this escape of liability is if the person knowingly serves a person habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages.

Another exception to this general rule is important for those hosting graduation parties. The law states that the host of a party who willfully and unlawfully furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person who is not of lawful drinking age becomes liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such minor. Thus, if you allow underage drinking at a party at your house and one of the guests cause a car accident that causes injury or death to someone, you will be responsible for the damages.

This information is important to both hosts of graduation parties and those injured in car accidents caused by impaired underage drivers. If you are injured in a car accident caused by an underage driver who has been drinking, it is important that an investigation be started right away to determine where the driver obtained the alcohol. Waiting too long to determine this could limit your ability to be compensated for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages caused by the car accident.

Celebrate safely but watch out for those who don’t!


Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes represents those injured in car accidents, motorcycle crashes, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and other types of personal injury matters. His Clearwater law firm – Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes – is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Pinellas County. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes now at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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