Conroe Dram Shop Lawyer
Holding All Responsible Parties Accountable
Were you or a loved one injured or killed by a drunk driver? You have a right to pursue claims against those who caused the accident. Here at Scott Law Firm, our experienced dram shop attorney in Conroe is here to help you relieve your pain. We can give you the tools you need to bring a lawsuit against the establishment that served the drunk driver alcohol prior to the crash.
In Texas, like many other states, the bars, restaurants, and businesses that sell or serve alcohol have a legal duty to not over-serve or sell alcohol to obviously intoxicated people. These “dram shop” laws also apply to social hosts who provide alcohol at parties or events.
Liability of Bars & Restaurants in Drunk Driving Accidents
It’s important to note that dram shop laws don’t absolve the drunk driver of his or her actions. Bar and restaurant owners can be held liable in certain cases involving drunk drivers. If the bar or establishment is shown to have served a minor or over-served an obviously intoxicated person, that establishment can be held liable for a portion of the damages caused by the incident.
Serving alcohol requires great care and responsibility on the part of the establishment. Bars and restaurants that serve alcohol agree to follow these laws in order to keep people and others in the community safe.
Elements of a Dram Shop Case
- Alcohol sold or given to a minor under the age of 18
- Alcohol sold to “obviously” intoxicated customers; showing “a clear danger” to the safety of themselves and others
- The intoxication was a “proximate” or foreseeable cause of the injuries suffered
Sale of Alcohol to Intoxicated Person
Under Texas dram shop laws, it’s illegal to sell or serve alcohol to an intoxicated person. Establishments with bartenders and servers that continue to pour drinks for visibly drunk customers can be held liable for damages. It’s beyond irresponsible. It puts innocent lives at risk for injury-causing and potentially fatal drunk driving accidents.
Serving a visibly intoxicated customer can endanger that person and the lives of others. Under the Texas Dram Shop Act, alcohol-selling establishments agree to serve alcohol responsibly.
What About Underage Drinking?
Dram shop laws also cover the serving of alcohol to minors. Vendors who sell alcohol to children under the age of 18 years old can be held liable for the damages from accidents involving underage drunk drivers.
Our Conroe dram shop attorney can take care of you and can initiate investigative efforts to locate and attain witness statements. These cases are time-sensitive, which is why it is important to take action as soon as possible.
Damages Associated with Dram Shop Cases
Medical bills start piling up fast and aren’t cheap. Due to one of these car accidents, you could be out of work and in the hospital. Or you could be taking care of your injured loved one full-time. Thankfully, it’s possible to recover compensation to cover a variety of damages associated with the drunk driving accident.
Your lawyer can help you work to recover compensation to pay for the damages caused. This includes medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other expenses associated with your injury. Depending on the seriousness of your injury or the expected length of your recovery period—you could be out of work for months or longer—it may be possible to recover compensation for the loss of income on a short-term, long-term, or even permanent basis.
Contact Scott Law Firm today for a free case consultation if you or a loved one were injured due to a drunk driver. Our Conroe dram shop lawyer can help.
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