Whether it be after a long week or a special occasion, there are plenty of instances American’s consume alcohol. From the working class all the way to the wealthiest of individuals, alcohol can bring many people together for a relaxing evening or an eventful celebration. However, there are consequences which arrive from not being responsible during your alcohol consumption. Thousands of Americans sustain injuries from individuals who decide to drink and drive every year in Texas alone.
There are laws that protect unsuspecting motorists from these types of negligent drivers. These laws are called Dram Shop Liability laws. Dram shop laws pertain to the liability of a business or individual who has been selling and/or distributing alcohol. This especially pertains to clearly over-intoxicated individuals. In the state of Texas, bars, clubs, convenience stores, caterers, and liquor stores all have a duty to patrons by protecting them from being overserved and becoming a danger to either themselves or the rest of society while they are under the influence.
Individuals who suffer from injuries related to a car accident they were in due to a drunk driver could receive compensation for their injuries in a dram shop lawsuit. Financial burdens that come from sustaining injuries due to someone’s negligence will never fall on your shoulders when you hire an experienced dram shop liability attorney. The Dallas car accident lawyers of Reyes Browne Reilley have fought and won over 600 million dollars in recovered damages for our clients and we want to help you recover your rightful compensation as well.
What Exactly Are Dram Shop Lawsuits?
According to Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, businesses supplying alcohol to intoxicated persons that causes an accident may be liable for any injuries because of that specific accident. For instance, if the establishment were to serve someone under the age of 21, and that individual gets into a vehicle and causes your wreck, the establishment is liable for your injuries. On the other hand, simply overserving an individual who later causes an accident, who is already over the age of 21, the establishment is still liable for your injuries.
Evidence Proving “Obvious Intoxication”
Obvious intoxication can be difficult to define and even more difficult to prove in a lawsuit. Some instances of obvious intoxications include:
- Slurring of speech
- Bloodshot eyes
- Erratic behavior
- Inability to walk, stand, or use fine motor skills
Proving this through video, audio, witnesses, and police reports will help the integrity of your dram shop lawsuit. However, it can be extremely difficult to obtain that information, so it is always your best option to hire a Dallas DWI accident attorney.
Our attorneys can also assist individuals when it comes to “social host liability” lawsuits. Social host pertains to an individual who allows visitors on their premises to consume alcohol. Different laws apply to social hosts in Texas which only makes the host liable in certain situations. In Texas, the laws are similar between a bar and an individual’s home when it comes to minors. Both are liable for any injuries the minor may have caused. However, the dram shop liability law differs in the case of an of age adult consuming alcohol in someone’s home. The dram shop law states the homeowner is not liable for any injuries the over-intoxicated individual may cause.
About Our Dram Shop Liability Attorneys
Reyes Browne Reilley has been pursuing personal injury claims as a result of drunk driving car accidents for decades. With 30+ years of experience, we have the vantage point and expertise to ensure you get all that you deserve. There is no need to pay medical bills on your own when the party responsible owes you a debt. Since it’s their fault, they have every legal obligation to ensure they make it right with their insurance.
Our attorneys can help you collect and preserve evidence you need to ensure your case moves without a hitch. We work tirelessly to make sure you receive every penny of the compensation you deserve.
- Medical bills
- Loss of future earning opportunities
- Emotional trauma
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Why work your own case and get a fraction of what you deserve when you could hire the most professional and expert dram shop injury liability lawyers in Texas. You deserve to have the highest quality and best chance at a full recovery of your normal life. Calling us immediately will cost you nothing out of pocket as we offer free consultations! Also, we work on a contingency fee basis. What this means for you is if we don’t make a recovery, you don’t pay a dime for our services. Call us today to get started on your case at (214) 526-7900.