Maryland is one of the relatively few states that do not impose liability on those who serve alcohol to people who cause accidents while under the influence.  This kind of liability is known as “dram shop liability,” named for the unit of measure by which spirits were once served.  According to my colleague Sean T. Morris, however, this may change, or at the very least, come up for review again by the appellate courts.  

There are strong arguments to be made on both sides of the debate.   Owners of taverns and related establishments will argue that imposing this sort of liability on them will raise their insurance premiums and drive some of them out of business.  I will track down the briefs, assuming an appeal is taken, and keep on eye on this as it develops.