This post concludes and recaps our series on the proving of Dram shop liability after a DUI accident in Fort Worth, Texas. We felt it was necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that such cases can involve complicated issues of law and fact. These issues can lead to many victims not understanding whether or not they have a case against a bar, a restaurant, or some other seller of alcohol. The goal of our last several articles has been to provide information which will help people to fully understand their situations. It has also been our goal to provide information which will help people with their selection of a personal injury attorney. If you or a loved one have been hit by a drunk driver then it is important that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
We addressed multiple topics over our recent articles. Issues which we analyzed included:
- Discovery in DUI accident cases
- Using company policies to prove liability after a DUI wreck
- Issues unique to proving fault in a drunk driving accident
There are important reasons why we chose to address these topics. First, discovery is crucial in such matters as it allows a victim’s counsel to obtain security footage and other evidence. This evidence can be used to show that the establishment was serving someone who was already visibly intoxicated. Second, it is important to show whether or not the establishment was taking steps to train its staff so that already intoxicated people would not be served. Determining whether there were training procedures can help to show that 1) the employee failed to follow the procedures or 2) that the establishment was negligent in the training of its staff. Finally, your counsel will need to be experienced in presenting such cases to a jury as these types of matters can involve complicated fact patterns.
One point we stressed in each of these articles is that it is important for you to retain a DUI accident lawyer who is experienced in handling such matters. It is advised that you retain a firm which employs multiple attorneys, in which counsel are Board Certified in Personal Injury Law, and which employs an on staff investigator. These are our suggestions regardless of whether you were injured in Fort Worth, Dallas, or elsewhere in the state of Texas.