Liability For Holiday Parties In Maryland


The holiday season is just around the corner and there likely will be plenty of holiday cheer going around. What happens in Maryland when a person becomes inebriated at an office or private party, gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, and causes an accident? Can the person who served the alcohol be held responsible for injuries suffered in the accident (including those of the party guest)?

In Maryland, unlike most other states, there are no dram shop or social-host liability laws. The courtsman driving have consistently refused to find that a social host has liability when a party guest over-imbibes and causes an accident. It’s important to understand that the person who became intoxicated may still have liability—the court simply won’t extend that liability to a third party who made alcohol available. If the party to whom the alcohol was provided was a minor, there may be criminal charges filed, but there’s still no social-host liability for personal injuries.

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