The words “dram shop” may seem unfamiliar, but understanding the Texas Dram Shop Act is quite simple. A dram shop is just another way of saying an establishment that sells alcohol (bars, taverns, restaurants, etc.). The Texas Dram Shop Act gives people a way to sue bars and other establishments where alcohol is served when one of their over-served customers goes on to drive and causes a crash after leaving. Persons and entities that are licensed to serve alcohol in Texas are required by law to ensure they do not serve or sell alcohol to any individual that is obviously intoxicated. While this may seem like a no-brainer to some, this law is only a little less than 30 years old.
This is not to say that the person who decided to drink and drive cannot be sued and held liable as well because they certainly can. This Act simply gives the victims of collisions caused by drunk drivers another remedy to hold someone accountable, and in turn, disincentivizes bars and other alcohol-serving establishments from putting profits over the safety of the general public.
For over 70 years, Abraham Watkins has successfully represented injured people and families who fall victim to catastrophes. Our attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to obtain just compensation for our clients. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in an accident involving a drunk driver, it is important to understand your right to recover. Our attorneys at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to obtain just compensation for their clients. Call us today at 713-222-7211 or 1-800-870-9584 for your free consultation.