Were You Hit by a Drunk Driver in Texas? Our Lawyers Can Help
Have you been injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of a drunk driver? If so, you're not alone. In 2009, more than 1 million people were hurt in alcohol-related traffic accidents, and in 2008, an estimated 11,773 people died as a result of crashes involving drunk drivers;* that is 31.6 percent of the 37,261 traffic deaths in 2008.
Texas law states that you must file a personal injury claim within two years of the date of the accident, making it crucial to contact a Texas drunk driving attorney as soon as possible.
At Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz in Houston, we have been representing drunk driving accident victims in Texas and across the nation for more than 65 years. We fully understand all state and federal laws governing personal injury and wrongful death claims, and our Houston accident attorneys have the skills and resources to aggressively pursue the monetary compensation you need.
When You Need A Houston Car Accident Lawyer Call Us
If you have suffered a severe injury or accident in Houston, Abraham Watkins can help you. Please contact us online or call now 800-580-9121 for an immediate consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Houston.
Skilled Representation for Drunk Driving Accident Victims
Our drunk driving accident lawyers handle a wide variety of claims involving driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We work closely with medical experts and accident reconstructionists to fully investigate your case to determine the monetary compensation you will need to make as close to a full recovery as possible.
Dram Shop Liability: Holding a Liquor-Serving Establishment Responsible
In a drunk driving accident, who should be held responsible? The most obvious place to look is at the driver. The drunk driver made a decision to drive while intoxicated, putting other drivers at risk.
But the law also recognizes the role of liquor-serving establishments - bars, clubs, liquor stores, convenience stores, restaurants, etc. - in alcohol-related crashes.
This type of liability, called "dram shop liability," comes into play when a bar or restaurant patron is served too much alcohol and ends up causing an accident. Specifically, the patron must have been served alcohol when he or she was visibly intoxicated.
In Texas, a liquor-serving establishment can be held wholly or partially responsible for an accident in addition to the drunk driver. Several questions must be considered when pursuing a dram shop liability claim, including:
- Did the bar serve the patron when he or she was visibly intoxicated?
- Did the intoxication of the patron cause or contribute to the accident?
An experienced lawyer from our firm can help you explore all avenues of compensation following a drunk driving accident. This may include holding the drunk driver and his or her insurance company accountable, as well as a liquor-serving establishment.
Were you injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver? Was the drunk driver over-served alcohol at a bar or restaurant? Talk to one of our lawyers about pursuing a dram shop liability claim.
Get the Help You Need
Whether you were injured in an auto accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident, there is no excuse for the negligence of drunk drivers. We will work diligently to make sure they are held accountable for the damage and injuries they have caused.
If you have been hit by a drunk driver, call 713-587-9668 (toll free 800-580-9121) or contact a drunk driving accident attorney online to arrange a free case evaluation with a dedicated personal injury attorney.
* Source: MADD's website