This post concludes and recaps our series on the handling of Fort Worth, Texas liquor liability (“Dram shop”) cases. We felt it was necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that, for obvious reasons, many people do not know what steps to take after they or a loved one have been the victim of a drunk driver. The goal of our last several articles has been to provide information which will help people understand what to expect from the process. It has also been our goal to provide information which will help people to make an informed decision when they are selecting a personal injury attorney. If you require assistance then it is suggested that you contact a lawyer immediately.
We have addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues which we have analyzed include:
- Texas’ liability laws in Dram shop cases
- Discovery into various defendants in liquor liability cases
- How expert witnesses are used in Dram shop cases
- What to expect at trial in such matters
There are several reasons why DUI accident victims should understand these issues. First, Texas is like many other states in that the seller of alcohol may potentially be liable for accidents caused by drunk drivers. Second, a proper investigation and discovery may be necessary in order to determine whether, in fact, a bar or restaurant may face liability. Third, expert witnesses are often required in such cases in order to establish whether a seller of alcohol followed “industry standards.” Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process is important to ensuring that things go smoothly.
One point we have stressed through each of these articles is that you should retain a lawyer who has experience in handling such matters and who has the resources necessary to handle expensive litigation. These types of cases can involve multiple defendants. Such matters may also require that your counsel front large sums of money for experts, investigators, and other professionals. This is why we suggest that you retain attorneys who are board certified in personal injury law, who employ their own investigators, and who have the resources necessary to deal with large corporate defendants. This is true regardless of whether you were in injured in Fort Worth, Dallas, or elsewhere in Texas.