The law requires people to act responsibly when they are consuming alcohol. The sellers of alcohol are also expected to behave in an ethical and responsible manner. Unfortunately, there are times when people fail to follow the law. These failures can result in accidents caused by a drunk driver. Fortunately, Texas is like many states in that we have laws who hold the sellers of alcohol responsible when their negligence has resulted in harm to a victim. Our Laredo personal injury lawyer handles Dram shop cases involving bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues which knowingly sell alcohol or beer to someone who is visibly intoxicated. If you or a loved one need assistance then contact our office today to speak with an attorney.
Laredo attorney handling cases against Texas companies who illegally sell alcohol or beer
Texas law allows for a seller of alcohol or beer to potentially be liable for harm caused by a drunk driver. Our state allows a seller of spirits to be held liable for damages if it is shown that they sold alcohol to someone who was already visibly intoxicated, if they knew or had reason to believe that the individual intended to drive, and such a person then caused harm to another. Also, if a bar or restaurant sells alcohol to a minor, who is then involved in an accident, then the establishment will be considered liable for the accident regardless of whether the youth was “visibly intoxicated.”
It may not be readily apparent that an establishment can be held responsible after a victim is hit by a drunk driver. It will be important for the victim’s counsel to use discovery (the process by which information is gained from the other side in a lawsuit) to obtain evidence of where the drunk driver obtained and/or consumed alcohol. Such evidence can include credit card statements, ATM records, sales receipts, etc. Such evidence can be used to show that the establishment knew or had reason to believe that the drunk driver was already intoxicated. If the establishment has a history of selling alcohol to those, who are clearly drunk, then it may be possible for the victim to obtain punitive damages.
Joey Tellez is a Laredo injury attorney handling car accident cases which were caused by a drunk driver. Joey will use your initial consultation to help you understand what it is you should expect from the process. He will then retain an investigator, if necessary, and conduct all possible discovery so that he may determine the extent to which various parties may be liable. Our firm will retain any necessary experts and will take steps to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process. If a reasonable settlement cannot be reached then we will not hesitate to take your case to trial. We understand that this is a serious time in your life. We will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer.
Dram shop lawyer providing quality service to Laredo victims of drunk driving
If you have been harmed by a drunk driver then you have been through enough. You do not need the added stress of an attorney who does not provide the highest level of service. Joey will quickly return your phone calls, promptly respond to your emails, and he will make sure that he is available to answer your questions. We are honored to serve those in the Laredo area and we take this responsibility very seriously. Contact us today to speak with our lawyer.