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Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability

Each state handles liability for alcohol-related accidents a little differently. For example, imagine a car crash caused by a drunk driver that hurts another driver. The injured person can file a personal injury claim against the drunk driver in South Carolina's civil courts. The injured person may also have a claim against the bar, tavern, or liquor store that sold or provided alcohol to the driver before the crash. A law allowing this kind of claim is typically called a "dram shop" law.

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