This is the first post in a series which will discuss the liability of those who sell liquor and find themselves sued in a Fort Worth, Texas Dram shop case. We feel it is necessary to address this issue due to the fact that far too many people choose to get behind the wheel of a car after they have been drinking. Such behavior can lead to tragic results. Fortunately Texas, like many other states, allows for a victim and their loved ones to potentially hold the seller of the alcohol liable for the acts of a drunk driver. We feel it is necessary to write on this topic as holding such persons liable can involve complicated legal issues. If you or a loved one have been harmed by a drunk driver then it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately.
We will be addressing several topics over the course of this series. Issues which we will analyze include:
- An explanation of Texas’ Dram/liquor liability laws
- Identifying the defendants in a Dram shop case
- Conducting discovery in such matters
- The need for expert witnesses in liquor liability disputes
- Taking a case to trial
There are several reasons why it is important to address these issues. First, a bar or establishment selling liquor will not automatically be liable simply because a drunk driver got into an accident. It must be shown that they knowingly served a drunk person. Second, Dram shop cases can involve numerous defendants. Third, the discovery process will be necessary to establish the liability of the various defendants. Fourth, expert witnesses may be necessary in order to establish that the conduct of the defendants fell below average reasonable standards. Finally, knowing what to expect from the process can help to ensure that things go as smoothly as possible.
It is important that you retain a personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling such cases. Dram shop matters can involve numerous defendants, complicated legal issues, and the need for your lawyer to expend substantial costs. By retaining counsel who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Law, and who has the resources necessary to see such a case through to completion, you help to ensure that your matter is handled properly. This is true whether you were injured in Fort Worth, Dallas, or elsewhere in Texas.