Adults who drink alcohol are supposed to moderate how much they drink before they go out and drive. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. People who drink too much and drive can be held accountable if they hurt or injure someone else. But what about the bars and restaurants that purposely over serve to get better sales and tips? There are laws in place for those establishments that abuse alcohol sales and endanger the lives of other people.
In December 2018, a Dallas jury returned a $25 million wrongful death verdict against a club in Dallas. In reaching its verdict, the jury found that the club over-served former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent, who flipped his Mercedes, killing his friend and teammate Jerry Brown.
A Galveston couple mourns the death of their 22-year-old son recently killed in an automobile accident caused by a drunk driver. The couple has sued two local establishments, alleging the drunk driver became intoxicated after having been served alcoholic beverages for over 6 hours at the establishments.
After last year's Houston Chronicle investigation, "Out of Control," local law enforcements have responded with the establishment of a regional task force to better patrol the roads. The article identified that "more than 600 motorists, passengers and pedestrians die every year in traffic collisions often caused by drivers who are speeding, driving while intoxicated or distracted and often on poorly designed roads", ranking Houston roads among the nation's deadliest. The article also criticized local law enforcements for their lack of a comprehensive strategy to lower the number of traffic accidents, and even lowering the number of enforcements in certain regions where fatal accidents rose. However, Harris County Sherriff Ed Gonzales is hopeful that the creation of the new task group which aims to crack down on traffic violations and unsafe drivers will help keep the roads safer for Houstonians. Sherriff Ed Gonzales stated that "we want to make sure we're visible and not just performing spot enforcement, and make it more sustainable."
Firm Partner Benny Agosto, Jr. reached a confidential settlement against Tejano Bar, LLC d/b/a Coyotes Bar regarding an incident that occurred on March 26, 2017. The settlement brings a favorable end to the lawsuit seeking compensation for the death of Ms. Christine Rocio in a car crash.
On the evening of December 16, 2018, 19-year-old Erick Hernandez left a facility named Frontera Events Venue on Houston Boulevard in his Ford F-150 shortly before 11:00 p.m. Just minutes later, he swerved across three lanes of traffic and crashed head-on into an SUV that Taylor Phillips was driving. The 23-year-old mother was killed. In addition, her 1-year-old son and 48-year-old mother were injured.
Two minutes after leaving a bar that served him over a dozen drinks, an intoxicated 19-year-old driving a pickup truck veered into oncoming traffic colliding with an SUV. The driver of the SUV was killed. The driver's mother and 1-year-old child were injured.
The driver of a white pickup truck that caused a fatal crash involving six vehicles is under arrest. The wreck occurred on Friday night at about 10:30 p.m. News accounts report that Steven Taylor was driving the pickup on Liberty Road at a "high rate of speed" when he smashed into a Lincoln that was stopped for a red light at Bringhurst Street. That initial collision knocked the Lincoln into the path of an oncoming truck. Other motorists at the intersection then were involved in the wreck.
A police officer for the City of Houston has been charged with driving while intoxicated with her young daughter in the car at the time. Cassandra Crosby, who is 36 years old, joined the Houston Police Department in 2008. Crosby, now out on bail, appeared in court on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Once again, a crash on the freeway has led to a death. And, once again, alcohol appears to have played a part.