Who Shares Responsibility For The Drunk Driving Accident That Injured You?
Drunk driving is a major problem in Texas and across the United States, and DUI accidents are common despite law enforcement efforts to catch drunk drivers and get them off the roads. After such a crash, the drunk driver can and should face both criminal and civil consequences for their reckless decision to drink and drive. But depending on how the driver obtained the alcohol, others may share fault for the crash.
When you contact Dobbs & Porter, our attorneys can help you assess your options for seeking compensation from negligent alcohol vendors that overserved the driver who later struck and injured you. We have an in-depth knowledge of Texas’s dram shop laws, and we work tirelessly to help our clients claim the compensation they need and deserve.
When Are Alcohol Sellers Liable For DUI Crashes?
Each adult is responsible for how much they choose to drink. But under Texas dram shop laws, licensed/permitted alcohol sellers also have a role to play in preventing overconsumption.
Alcohol vendors (like bars and restaurants) cannot continue to serve a patron who is obviously so intoxicated that they present a danger to others or themselves. If employees ignore this responsibility, the business can be held liable for any injuries, deaths or property damage that the patron causes as a result of his intoxication.
We Do The Work Necessary To Prove Negligence
In order to succeed in dram shop cases, personal injury attorneys must prove that the business employee knew or had reason to know that they were serving someone who was already dangerously intoxicated. This can be difficult to establish, which is why it is so important to hire an experienced lawyer.
As soon as you contact our firm, we will begin a thorough investigation into the accident, seeking witness statements, sales records and any other available evidence. When applicable, we will also cite the results of a separate investigation conducted by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
Once we establish liability, we can help you seek full and fair compensation for medical bills, lost wages and/or permanent disability, pain and suffering and property damage. We also represent families of deceased victims in wrongful death claims.
Reach Out Today For Caring And Compassionate Legal Advocacy
From our office in Tyler, Dobbs & Porter proudly serves clients throughout East Texas. We are passionate about helping injured Texans and their families seek justice in civil court, and we offer free initial consultations to all prospective clients. To schedule yours, you can contact us online or call us at 903-310-1433.