Can You Sue a Bar for Overserving the Driver Liable for Your Accident in Texas?

When an intoxicated individual gets behind the wheel of a car and makes the active decision to drive, they are putting themselves and others at serious risk of injury. If you have been involved in a drunk driving accident caused by the recklessness of another driver, you are owed compensation for your damages. Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, you may also be able to hold the bar that overserved the driver liable for their actions. 

Suing a bar for overserving requires a dedicated and highly-qualified drunk driving accident attorney. As the oldest personal injury plaintiff’s firm in Austin, Texas, Byrd Davis Alden & Henrichson, LLP, is more than prepared to take on the complex nature of your case. With the knowledge and compassion necessary, we are ready to stand by you after your accident every step of the way. 

Understanding Overserving and Texas’s Dram Shop Laws

A bar or other establishment that sells alcoholic beverages is referred to as a dram shop. Dram shops have certain rules and regulations to adhere to, including ensuring all paying customers are of legal drinking age and are not overserved. For example, if an individual shows clear signs of intoxication or belligerence, it is within the establishment’s rights and duty not to continue serving alcoholic beverages. 

Texas law currently allows victims of drunk driving accidents to hold the driver and the dram shop that overserved them accountable for their accident. Your attorney must prove the establishment or bartender reasonably should have known the individual was intoxicated. This can be proven through evidence demonstrating the person was already slurring their words, noticeably having difficulty walking, or was behaving in a belligerent manner. 

How a Knowledgeable Drunk Driving Attorney Can Help Your Case

While you concentrate on recovering from your injuries, a knowledgeable drunk driving accident lawyer at Byrd Davis Alden & Henrichson, LLP, can immediately get started investigating the specific circumstances surrounding your accident. This includes gathering and analyzing any pertinent time-sensitive evidence, such as security footage, medical records, BAC test results, and more. From here, we can help demonstrate negligence has occurred on both the behalf of the driver and the dram shop and file a personal injury claim with the appropriate party’s insurance with the two-year statute of limitations. 

We will handle all aspects of the claim process, including scheduling and negotiating. We will fight for the economic, noneconomic, and punitive damages you deserve as a direct result of your accident. This includes coverage for losses such as the cost of medical bills, property damage, scarring, lost wages, and emotional trauma. If a worthy settlement cannot be reached, we are even prepared to take your case to court and protect your freedom in front of a judge. 

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Team Today

Don’t try to navigate the tricky specifics of a drunk driving personal injury claim without the assistance of a compassionate, experienced drunk driving accident lawyer. At Byrd Davis Alden & Henrichson, LLP, we stand ready to support you through these difficult times. With a track record of successfully advocating for numerous victims since 1959, we have helped them secure the compensation necessary to rebuild their lives. Your path toward justice and healing begins with a simple call to our office. Allow us to champion your rights and tirelessly work towards a resolution for your case. 

Take the first step by contacting Byrd Davis Alden & Henrichson, LLP, today for a consultation. Reach out to us through our contact form or give us a call at (512) 454-3751. Your future deserves the best possible outcome, and we are here to help you achieve it.