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Alabama Restaurants Facing Liability for Serving Alcohol to Minors



Alabama Restaurants Facing Liability for Serving Alcohol to Minors

An Alabama Hooters restaurant recently sold alcohol to an underage Georgia teen shortly before the teenager died in a senseless accident. The Georgia teenager’s family has filed a lawsuit against the restaurant after their son was not asked by any Hooters servers to present legal identification showing he was 21 years of age or older.

The Georgia teen, Ryan Rohr, was served spirits and liquor while dining at Hooters, and according to the lawsuit, he consumed “multiple alcoholic beverages over the course of approximately two to three hours.” The teenager was dining with friends, one of whom was also under 21, across the street from their hotel. After eating, the young men returned to their hotel, but when Ryan Rohr crossed the street intoxicated, he was struck by a vehicle and propelled thirty feet down the road.

The family is seeking to hold the restaurant accountable under the Alabama Dram Shop Act.

The Alabama Dram Shop Act

If you or a loved one has been injured by an underage drunk driver who was served alcohol by an Alabama accident, you may be entitled to legal compensation under the Alabama Dram Shop Act. This statute prohibits the sale of alcohol to minors as well as someone of legal age who appears intoxicated.

Alabama bars, restaurants, and similar establishments may be held liable when this statute is violated. According to Ala. Code § 6-5-71, any person who is injured in “person, property, or means of support” by “any intoxicated person or in consequence of the intoxication of any person” has a right of action against establishments that provides alcohol to an individual in a way that violates Alabama law and causes an accident. If the injured party dies, the family is given a legal cause of action to pursue justice on their family member’s behalf.

That is why the Rohr family has legal grounds to pursue a lawsuit against Hooters on their deceased son’s behalf. The family’s lawsuit argues that Alabama law “clearly holds establishments accountable for upholding the laws” of the state that govern how alcohol is sold and served.

Under Alabama law, establishments that sell alcohol bear responsibility for their actions and decisions. When tragedies like the Rohr case occur, the Dram Shop Act helps Alabama families hold these establishments responsible for drunk driving accidents and the senseless deaths and injuries of loved ones.


Foley injury attorney Noel B. Leonard helps Alabama families pursue justice when restaurants violate this Alabama statute and cause an alcohol-related accident. From his Foley office, Noel represents accident victims in Foley as well as the residents of Mobile, Baldwin, and Escambia Counties.

Contact Alabama injury attorney Noel B. Leonard or call 251-943-8638 for a legal consultation to discuss the facts of your case with an Alabama injury attorney who cares.

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