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10 Reasons Why You May Need Liquor Liability Insurance
Running a business involving liquor carries more risk than you may think. It only takes one intoxicated individual to have an accident or mishap before your livelihood is on the line. Thankfully, there is a way to protect yourself in the event that you face costly lawsuits.
Liquor liability insurance could be a vital asset to your business. From improving your general liability coverage to fulfilling state requirements, here are ten reasons why you might need liquor liability insurance.
1. Your General Liability Policy Doesn’t Cover Liquor-related Incidents
It may surprise you to learn that general liability coverage doesn’t include anything liquor related. Many business owners think they’re covered. Actually, their general liability insurance is inadequate if there’s a liquor-related incident.
2. Alcohol-Related Injuries are Frequent
Approximately 10-18% of emergency room visits are alcohol-related, and the number of incidents increases by over 200,000 each year. This means the chances of an incident occurring in your establishment are higher than you think.
3. One Incident Can Close Your Business for Good
One alcohol-related incident can have serious consequences for your business. A liability charge for assault or serious injury can run into the millions. Almost all businesses wouldn’t have the ability to swallow the cost without going bankrupt.
4. It can be Difficult to Watch Everyone
Busy establishments are great for your bottom line, but it can get very difficult to monitor how intoxicated each patron is getting. Busy staff may miss an incident unfolding.
5. Employees Who Over-Serve are Liable
Even highly experienced employees can make mistakes. Over-serving a patron to the point where they cause damage or injury can trigger a lawsuit. Liquor liability insurance can keep your staff and business protected.
6. Can You Provide Evidence a Person Was Not Intoxicated on Your Premises?
In some states, if an intoxicated person drank in your establishment and then went on to cause an incident, you could be pulled into a lawsuit. If you can’t provide proof that the person didn’t appear intoxicated while in your establishment, then you could be found liable.
7. Drunk Driving is Common
In the US, one death occurs every 50 minutes as a result of driving while intoxicated. If the intoxicated person drank in your establishment beforehand, you could be held liable.
8. Your Homeowners Policy is Likely Inadequate
Most homeowner’s policies only give coverage to the limit of $100,000 to $300,000. This is almost certainly inadequate should you end up facing a claim.
9. Liquor Liability Claims are Time-Consuming and Stressful
Running a business is time-consuming enough without the added stress of dealing with a lawsuit without coverage in place to help you. Lawsuits often last for months, which means a lot of precious time taken away from your business and family.
10. Most States Require That You Have Liquor Liability Insurance
If you don’t have liquor liability insurance, not only are you putting yourself at risk, but you could also be in breach of the law. Most states require that you have coverage in place, so it’s worth checking to see if your state requires it.
Choose XINSURANCE for Liquor Liability Insurance
If you’ve realized that you need liquor liability insurance, XINSURANCE can help you. From liquor stores to bars, restaurants, private events, parties, and much more, XINSURANCE can provide you with comprehensive, customized coverage solutions.
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Authored by Rick J. Lindsey, President, Chairman, and CEO of XINSURANCE
Rick J. Lindsey hails from Salt Lake City, Utah. He began working in the mailroom of his father’s Salt Lake City insurance firm, getting his introduction to the business that became his lifelong career. Rick J. Lindsey quickly rose through the ranks while working in nearly every imaginable insurance industry job. As an entrepreneur, specialty lines underwriter, claims specialist, risk manager, and a licensed surplus lines broker, Rick J. Lindsey is highly skilled in all levels of leadership and execution. As he progressed on his career path, Rick J. Lindsey discovered an urgent need for insurers willing to write policies for high-risk individuals and businesses. He was frequently frustrated that he could not provide the liability protection these entities desperately needed to safeguard their assets. He also formed the belief that insurance companies acted too quickly to settle frivolous claims. Rick J. Lindsey decided to try a different approach. He started an insurance company and became the newly formed entity’s CEO. This opportunity has enabled Rick J. Lindsey to fill a void in the market and provide a valuable service to businesses, individuals, and insurance agents who write high-risk business. XINSURANCE also specializes in helping individuals and businesses who live a lifestyle or participate in activities that make them difficult for traditional carriers to insure. If you’ve been denied, non-renewed, or canceled coverage, don’t give up quite yet. Chances are XINSURANCE can help.