Suing a bar for overserving is a complicated subject without knowing the full details of a case, but the short answer is “yes”. Drunk driving accident victims and their families can sue a bar for overserving, as many states have established dram shop and host liability laws that look at these situations.

Our Houston personal injury law firm is happy to discuss what dram shop laws are and how they can help victims overcome such traumatic events like a car accident. Do keep in mind, however, that this isn’t legal advice, and it is always a good idea to contact a lawyer to discuss your particular case.

What Are Dram Shop Laws?

Texas was first in establishing dram shop laws over 30 years ago. Specific dram laws of Texas apply to any permitted or licensed business or vendor, and they protect victims by opening a new recovery option in suing businesses that knowingly serve alcohol to inebriated customers or minors that then cause injury at a later time.

This keeps bars and other businesses accountable for the safety of their patrons and the general public. Dram shop laws may vary from state to state, but most of them are similar in rules concerning serving alcohol to minors and intoxicated persons.  

More on Host Liability for Serving Alcohol

The Texas dram law also contains an insert called a host liability law. This means that anyone from social party hosts to vendors can be held liable for damages caused by overserving.

Take, for example, if a 17-year-old at a party became drunk and caused a car accident, they can be held at fault as well as the host of the party. The rules of these laws include:

  • Serving a minor under 18
  • Serving without being the parent or guardian
  • Knowingly serving alcohol that led to the intoxication of the minor

Compensation for Drunk Driving Accidents

Compensation for drunk driving accidents takes into account two different categories of damages: economic and non-economic damages. These two can cover the monetary and emotional damages resulting from the crash:

Economic Damages

  • Medical bills
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Vehicle repairs
  • Lost wages
  • Lost business opportunities

Non-Economic Damages

Lapeze & Johns: Fighting for Justice in Drunk Driving Accident Cases

While you can represent yourself in a drunk driving accident claim, negotiating for insurance or legal settlements on your own can leave you undercompensated. Not only does hiring an attorney for your car accident claim help you by acting as a mediator with insurance companies or businesses that serve alcohol, they can help you fight for the compensation you and your loved ones deserve.

Have you been injured in a drunk driving vehicle accident? Schedule a consultation with Lapeze & Johns today.

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About Keith Lapeze

Keith Lapeze co-founded Lapeze & Johns with the focus of delivering dependable legal services to individuals hurt in accidents caused by negligence. After graduating third in his class from Louisiana State University Law Center, Mr. Lapeze continued his calling through commercial, environmental, and tort litigation where he is admitted to practice in both Texas and Louisiana, the United States Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Read more about Keith Lapeze here.