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NEW YORK, January 28, 2015 — Few things deflate a Super Bowl party like an intoxicated guest. That’s why hosts on Super Sunday should have more than a passing interest in making sure that partiers get home safely, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).
Millions of Americans will gather at house parties on Sunday, February 1, to watch the Seattle Seahawks defend their title against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. “Party hosts who serve alcohol must make sure their guests are either capable of driving safely, or able to get a ride from a sober driver,” said Michael Barry, vice president with the I.I.I. “Nearly 40 states have social host liability laws that can make hosts financially responsible, if one of their guests is in an accident after leaving the event.”
In 39 states, social hosts who serve alcoholic beverages can be held liable for an injury or death caused by a guest who is subsequently involved in an alcohol-related auto accident. Such social host liability laws and judicial rulings extend to commercial alcohol servers, as well.
If you are planning to host a Super Bowl party at your home, the I.I.I. suggests the following:
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