During the summer months, teens often attend parties at friends’ homes or invite others over to hang out where alcohol sometimes enters the picture. Although parents may be inclined to take a hands off approach when teens gather at their home, perhaps even turning a blind eye to alcohol use, it is important to understand that a parent who supplies alcohol to their own children or their friends may be held liable for injuries, deaths, or property damage caused by a minor’s intoxication.
While Iowa has a social host immunity law that largely protects a host from liability when guests are injured on their premises or are involved in car accidents after leaving due to intoxication, that protection against liability ends if a host provides or allows the provision of alcohol to an underage guest who then hurts themselves or someone else. Therefore, it is important to understand the risks when entertaining teens in your home and to ensure that alcohol consumption is not part of the equation.
When you or a loved one is injured in an accident caused by impairment, it is vital to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to preserve your rights. Call Humphrey Law Firm, P.C., at 515-331-3510 or contact us online to arrange your free consultation.