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DWI Accident Cases Involving Dram Shop Liability

By Luke Dow on August 29, 2017

Two young women drinking cocktails at a barIf you or a member of your family has been seriously injured in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver, or if you have tragically lost a family member in such an accident, you want to secure the legal representation of a DWI lawyer who can handle every aspect of your case with care and consideration. Luke Dow is not just another car accident lawyer; he is certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been asserting the rights of injured auto accident victims throughout the state since 1997.

Mr. Dow handles the full range of auto accident case types, including those involving DWI accidents and dram shop liability. Our Austin, TX personal injury attorney has the skills, experience, and resources to handle even the most complex DWI cases successfully, as his history of verdicts and settlements proves. He would be honored to fight for your right to be compensated for the losses and expenses you have sustained due to your injury.

To arrange for an evaluation of your DWI case, please contact Luke Dow Law Firm today.

What Is Dram Shop Liability?

A “dram shop” is any establishment that serves alcohol, such as a bar, restaurant, or club. The term “dram” refers to a unit of measurement once used to measure alcohol.

The premise behind dram shop liability is that an intoxicated individual is not always solely responsible for his or her state of intoxication. Beginning in 1987, the state of Texas adopted laws stating that establishments that sold alcohol could be held at least partially responsible for the negligent acts of intoxicated patrons if they served those patrons alcohol once they were “obviously intoxicated.” In other words, these establishments have a duty to cut patrons off once the patrons exhibit clear signs of being intoxicated. If they continue to serve these patrons alcohol past this point, they can be held at least partially liable for damages if any injuries or deaths occur due to a DWI auto accident.

The operative term here is “partially liable.” Although the dram shop may share part of the fault for a patron’s intoxication, that does not absolve the patron of all blame. Indeed, in most cases in which dram shop liability comes into play, liability is shared between the drunk driver and the establishment that served him or her alcohol past the point of intoxication. Such cases require a DWI attorney of Luke Dow’s specialized skills to identify and provide evidence of liability on the part of multiple parties.

Cases involving dram shop liability can be highly complex, as many establishments will claim that they committed no violation of dram shop laws. It requires careful collection and presentation of evidence to demonstrate negligence on the part of such establishments.

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To arrange for an evaluation of your DWI case, please contact Luke Dow Law Firm today.

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