Dram Shop Laws in the State of Texas | What You Should Know

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If you have sustained injuries due to a drunk driver, please read on, then contact an experienced Kaufman County, Texas car accident lawyer to learn what you should know about dram shop laws in the state of Texas.

Does Texas have dram shop laws?

Most U.S. states have enacted a dram shop law of one kind or another and the Lonestar State is no exception. Texas’ dram shop law affords individuals who sustained injuries as a result of another’s intoxication a cause of action against the party that unlawfully sold, provided or assisted in providing, the alcohol to the drunk driver. In other words, if you sustained injuries through the wrongful behavior of another person, you may have the ability to assert a personal injury claim against that person.

Who is subject to dram shop laws in Texas?

In addition to dram shop claims, Texas allows for social host liability claims. These claims are as follows:

Dram shop law:

  • It was apparent to the provider that the patron was “obviously intoxicated to the extent that he presented a clear danger to himself and others”

  • The intoxication of the patron was a proximate cause of the damages suffered

Social host liability law:

  • The minor is younger than 18 years old

  • The person providing the alcohol is not the minor’s parent or custodian

  • The provider knowingly serves the minor alcohol that contributes to the minor’s intoxication or allowed the minor to be served alcohol that contributed to the minor’s intoxication on the provider’s premises

Keep in mind that Texans have two years, from the date of the accident, in which to bring forward a personal injury claim. That is why you should reach out to a skilled Kaufman, Texas personal injury attorney to discuss how you can fight for the compensation you deserve.

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