To Serve or Not To Serve?

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.

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