Holiday Party Safety Tips

The holiday season is upon us, and for many people this time of year is spent enjoying the festivities with family and friends. Some of these celebrations are going to be at work parties, while some will be at house parties. Regardless of the actual location, all of these gatherings will be filled with happiness, food, good times and drinks. While some of the beverages provided will be non-alcoholic, there will be parties where alcoholic beverages will also be offered. The 2015 End of the Year/Holiday Activities survey by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that approximately 59% of HR professionals planned to provide alcoholic beverages at their work gathering. Of this total 47% indicated that they would monitor alcoholic consumption during the event. Unfortunately as proactive as a host may be, once guests leave the party, if they are intoxicated, accidents could happen.

Tips for the Host

As the host of a party there are things you can do to help keep your guests and fellow drivers safe on the roads.

  • Offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverages – There are plenty of fun non-alcoholic beverage options which you can have available for all guests.
  • Serve plenty of food options – Appetizers, finger foods and snacks are great for any party. Serving food is filling and also helps to keep those consuming alcohol from drinking on an empty stomach.
  • Have a designated driver – If you have guests who will be consuming alcohol, make sure that they have a designated driver prior to serving alcoholic beverages to them.
  • Have numbers for taxi cabs or Uber on hand. This way in the event that you feel a guest should not be driving, you can arrange alternate transportation for them.
  • Collect the keys or have valet parking– As guests arrive, collect their keys or have valet parking, this way no one can leave prior to you knowing how their condition is.
  •  Never serve alcohol to guests under 21.
  • As a host, make sure that you stay alert and within your limits so that you can help keep your guests safe.

Complications of Work and House Party Accidents

When an accident occurs involving a drunk driver, typically the intoxicated driver who caused the auto accident is responsible for the injuries of the parties involved. However, sometimes the injured party may bring a claim against a third party if a third party is involved (i.e. employer or homeowner). If an employer or homeowner over-serves a guest with liquor, the employer or homeowner may be liable for injuries caused to the guest or injuries to others caused by the guest while the guest is driving a vehicle after the party.

Work and house party accidents can be very complicated since they involve a claim against a home owner or employer. Laws involving social host liability vary from state to state, and understanding which parties are liable can play a crucial part in determining who will compensate you.

What to do after a Work or House Party Accident

As the victim of a work or house party accident you may be entitled to compensation. Your compensation is going to be based on your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Selecting an experienced attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz have been helping clients for over 50 years. Call us today for a consultation.