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Texas Dram Shop law in play in Houston-area lawsuit

This blog has in the past discussed the fact that in Texas, a victim of a drunk driving accident, or the victim's family, may be able to receive compensation from bar, restaurant or other establishment who served alcohol to a drunk driver. A recent case involving two popular bars in the Houston area illustrates this.

The parents of a young woman who died in a drunk driving crash recently sued these two bars in connection with the tragic and untimely death of their daughter. In the lawsuit, the parents allege that the bars were both responsible for continuing to serve the victim's boyfriend even though he was clearly drunk. Serving a visibly intoxicated person is unlawful in Texas and can expose a bar to financial liability.

The man apparently frequented both of these bars before he hopped on to his motorcycle with the young victim. While driving, he hit a concrete structure after veering off of the road. This killed his passenger and girlfriend. The man's BAC was .162, more than twice the legal limit, at the time of the accident. He is currently facing criminal charges for his role in this incident.

Why the man is also not being sued by the family is not clear, but it may be that he does not or will not have adequate funds or insurance to cover the family's losses.

The lawyer for the parents has indicated that this suit is about holding bars accountable and also about the basic principles of justice. After all, the same bars that make money off of everyday people by selling alcohol have some obligation to protect those same members of the general public from drunk drivers.

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