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Dram Shop/Liquor Liability

Sugar Land, Texas, Liquor Liability Accidents Attorney

When a serious accident is caused by a drunk driver, the situation can include more complex issues of legal liability beyond those usually involved in a car accident. Liquor liability under The Texas Dram Shop Act can hold a licensed provider of alcohol liable for any harm or injury caused by serving alcoholic beverages to "obviously intoxicated" patrons who cause an accident.

At the Law Office of John Millard, P.C., our lawyer has extensive experience pursuing liquor liability claims against bars and other businesses that illegally sold or served alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer. Our knowledge and experience pursing justice and compensation for victims of drunk driving accidents and car accidents makes us uniquely qualified to address these types of drinking-related injury matters.

If you were injured or a loved one was killed by a drunk driver, contact our office for a confidential consultation about your legal concerns in an alcohol-related injury accident.

Pursuing Liability Claims for Victims Injured or Killed in a Drunk-Driver Accident

Drunk drivers are frequently uninsured, underinsured or otherwise without the finances to compensate the victims of their drunk driving negligence. If a club, bar, restaurant or store with an alcohol license is found negligent under the state's liquor liability law (Dram Show Law) because they served liquor to an intoxicated customer who then caused an accident, the victims may be able to collect damages from the provider of the alcohol.

Establishing Liability Under Texas Dram Shop Laws

While the law does not apply to private individuals or "social hosts", Section 2.02 of the Texas Alcohol & Beverage Code imposes liability upon a licensed alcohol provider who serves a drunk driver with proof that:

  • it was apparent to the provider that the individual being sold, served, or provided with an alcoholic beverage was obviously intoxicated to the extent that he presented a clear danger to himself and others; and
  • the intoxication of the recipient of the alcoholic beverage was the immediate cause of the damages suffered.

After a recent Texas Supreme Court decision, innocent victims of drunk drivers may now be able to collect 100% of any damages awarded due to the drunk driver's negligence directly from the bar or licensed provider of the alcohol. Our law firm is committed to investigating where a drunk driver obtained alcohol and how much liquor was served at each establishment. By interviewing witnesses, reviewing cash register receipts and credit card records, we work hard to demonstrate liability for illegal service of alcohol to the drunk driver.

Injured by a Drunk Driver? Contact Us About Your Liquor Liability Case

John Millard is a Board Certified Personal Injury Specialist*, who has handled many alcohol liability and dram shop cases. If you need a free initial consultation with an experienced drunk driver accident attorney, contact Attorney Millard at (281) 313-6800 or by e-mail through our contact us page. We pursue damages for clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases in Sugar Land, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Rosenberg, Houston, Harris County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Montgomery County, and other areas of Texas.

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*Attorney John Millard is Certified as a Specialist in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

The Law of John Millard, P.C. proudly serves the legal needs of our Texas clients throughout communities in Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, and Fort Bend County, as well as Harris County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Montgomery County, and other areas near Houston, Texas.