Independence Day is the perfect time to break out the grill and celebrate with family and friends. But what happens if one of your guests causes a drunk-driving accident? Would you be liable for damages?
Social host liability differs among states. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, hosts are not liable for the actions of intoxicated adults in Texas unless they provide or sell alcohol recklessly, but they do have limited liability for the actions of any underage guests who leave their premises drunk.
If you plan to host a party on July Fourth, it is critical that you take steps to keep your guests safe. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind:
- Do not let guests drive drunk;
- Create a list of taxi phone numbers beforehand;
- Offer guests water and food;
- Do not serve alcohol to people who are not old enough to drink legally;
- Do not serve alcohol to people who have repeat DWI convictions;
- And designate a place for guests to spend the night.
Luke Dow is a car wreck attorney in Austin who will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. As the victim of another motorist’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages.
Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation. You can also visit the USAttorneys website to learn more about drunk driving accident claims in Texas.
Here is a brief overview of two situations in which you may be liable for the actions of guests:
Serving Alcohol to Underage Guests
You must be at least 21 years old to drink alcohol legally in Texas. There are occasional exceptions such as drinking under a parent’s supervision, but you should never let underage guests drink at a party. If you serve alcohol to a guest who is not old enough to drink and he or she causes an accident, you may be liable for damages.
Serving Alcohol to Repeat DWI Offenders
You cannot serve alcohol to guests who have histories of drunk-driving accidents or DWI offenses. If you serve a guest with a history of alcohol-related driving violations, then you may be liable for damages if he or she causes a drunk-driving crash after leaving your party.
If you are hosting guests on July Fourth, allow them to stay the night so they do not feel pressured to drive while intoxicated. Alternatively, you could give them the phone numbers to these taxi services in Austin:
- Austin Cab Company: 512-478-2222
- Yellow Cab: 512-452-9999
- Austin Express Cab Service: 512-666-4141
- Arbor Taxi Service: 512-318-2744
With a comprehensive understanding of Texas injury laws, Luke Dow has the knowledge and resources to represent your interests. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.