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Liquor Liability Insurance in Rapid City SD & Spearfish SD

Liquor laws vary widely by state, but one universal truth across the country is that all locations selling intoxicating beverages are at risk if the people they serve decide to make poor choices. Liquor liability policies are very specific about what they cover, and our agents can help make sure your policy fully protects your business.

The most important aspect of liquor liability insurance to keep in mind is that it is not included with most business policies. You've invested a lot in running your establishment, and one thing you don't need is a regulatory fine for something you thought had been taken care of. Our agents will make sure that doesn’t happen by creating a policy that meets local regulations and provides enough coverage for the types of incidents you face. These include:

  • Injuries or damages caused by intoxicated patrons
  • Lawsuits brought by customers who misinterpreted an employee's actions (especially being escorted out of the establishment)
  • Litigation costs, including hiring a lawyer and defending against claims brought against your business

Liquor Liability for Weddings and Events

Licensed establishments aren't the only places where liquor might be served. People also tend to drink alcohol at weddings and other major events—sometimes as part of the ceremony, other times as a way of relaxing and having fun afterwards. Whatever your reason for serving alcohol, liquor liability insurance can help keep costs from spiraling out of control if someone gets drunk enough to cause a scene.

First Western Insurance Agency agents are familiar with which local venues require you to have this coverage if you'll be hosting a wedding where alcohol will be served, and our representatives will work with you to ensure that the policy you have meets any other requirements the location has.

Limitations of Liquor Liability Insurance

Most policies apply only to incidents that you were involved with as a part of doing business or hosting an event. They may not cover off-site incidents, non-business activities (such as giving free drinks to friends after closing down your business for the night), and similar incidents. Exclusions may vary by policy, so be sure to read which ones apply to you and consider asking for a policy modification if you expect any of the exclusions to occur on a regular basis.

Your policy may also have an annual cap on how much it will pay out. If your business is particularly risky (for example, bottles are broken on a particularly frequent basis), you may wish to increase your policy limit. Call now for more information—our agents can help you determine the amount of liquor liability insurance that's most appropriate for your business.

 

1. O'Connor, Cozen. "Comparison of State Liquor Liability Laws." Cozen.com. August 2007. Accessed April 21, 2016. https://www.cozen.com/admin/files/publications/Dram_Shop.pdf.

2. Larino, Jennifer. "Bars Often Roll Dice on Liquor Liability Coverage." Insurance Journal News. April 01, 2013. Accessed April 28, 2016. http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/04/01/286632.htm.

3. "Host Liquor Liability." Insurance Glossary. Accessed April 28, 2016. https://www.irmi.com/online/insurance-glossary/terms/h/host-liquor-liability.aspx.

Our Locations

First Western Insurance (Rapid City)

2630 Jackson Blvd, Suite 202
Rapid City, SD 57702
Main office: 605-348-9800
Fax: 605-342-4579

First Western Insurance (Belle Fourche)

41 Fifth Ave
Belle Fourche, SD 57717
Main office: 605-892-2727
Fax: 605-892-6267

First Western Insurance (Custer)

40 North 5th Street
Custer, SD 57730
Main office: 605-673-2214
Fax: 605-673-2330

First Western Insurance (Deadwood)

460 Main Street
Deadwood, SD 57732
Main office: 605-578-3456
Fax: 605-578-3462

First Western Insurance (Hill City)

427 Main Street
Hill City, SD 57745
Main office: 605-574-2547
Fax: 605-574-4975

First Western Insurance (Hot Springs)

242 S Chicago St, Suite 2
Hot Springs, SD 57747
Main office: 605-745-7900
Fax: 605-745-7899

First Western Insurance (Newell)

207 Dartmouth
Newell, SD 57760
Main office: 605-456-2863
Fax: 605-456-2807

First Western Insurance (Spearfish)

132 E Illinois Street
Spearfish, SD 57783
Main office: 605-642-4711
Fax: 605-642-7315

First Western Insurance (Sturgis)

238 Main St, Suite 1
Sturgis, SD 57785
Main office: 605-347-4644
Fax: 605-347-4730

First Western Insurance (Wall)

418 Main Street
Wall, SD 57790
Main office: 605-279-2545
Fax: 605-279-2292

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