During the holidays, many people celebrate at parties at the homes of their friends and relatives, or at their workplace. Unfortunately, each year there are many people who are hurt by drivers who have had too much to drink at a party.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you may be facing serious and expensive medical bills. In order to protect your legal rights and maximize your recovery, it is important that you identify everyone responsible for your injuries. Obviously, you probably have a claim against the drunk driver. But, under Pennsylvania law, if the drunk driver was under 21-years old at the time of the accident, you may also be able to bring a successful lawsuit against any adult who may have furnished the minor with the alcohol which led to the accident.
Under the “social host doctrine” in Pennsylvania, an adult host who serves alcohol to a person less than twenty one years old can be held liable for injuries which result from the minor’s intoxication. In order for an adult social host to be liable, the adult must knowingly furnish alcohol to minors, which usually means that they must have been involved in the planning of the event or the serving, supplying, or the purchasing of the alcohol.