This is the time of year when holiday parties in full swing, and homeowners ask about their liability if a party guest gets drunk and later gets in a car wreck or other accident. In Louisiana, there is usually very little responsibility. A homeowner, however, has a duty to not serve alcohol to underage persons. There is a much higher chance of getting sued if an underage person gets in a wreck.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has held that unless a homeowner serves an “of age” adult who is obviously impaired, there is very little risk of being held accountable, should a party guest get in a wreck. The best rule is to always keep tabs on your guests and call a cab or make arrangements if anyone seems unable to drive. Safety, especially in the holiday season, is the best policy.