It’s common enough to hear about drunk drivers being sued, but a Houston pub is being sued for over serving a patron. The family of a man who died in a car wreck have filed the lawsuit against a drinking establishment in Houston. According to Chron, the lawsuit is the third lawsuit that has been filed against a drinking establishment for over serving someone and causing a wreck.
Why Over Serving Matters
Serving someone who is already obviously intoxicated more alcohol can be construed as negligence on the part of the drinking establishment. Most of the time, bars have a policy that they will refuse service to anyone who is obviously intoxicated and, in reality, this is simply being responsible on the part of the drinking establishment and their bar tenders.
The man named in the lawsuit left the establishment drunk, struck a curb and was thrown from his vehicle, according to the story.
Is it Their Responsibility?
Any court case revolving around these lawsuits is going to have to be argued based on whether the negligence present in serving someone who was intoxicated was the proximate cause of their harm. Where negligence is concerned, what a reasonable person in that same situation would have done is always pertinent. If the jury finds that the server was negligent, it could mean that the establishment ends up paying out a jury award to the plaintiff.
If you lost someone due to an establishment you believe was negligent or if you were involved in a car wreck with someone who was over served at a bar or tavern, your attorney may recommend that you look into suing the establishment. Bars are supposed to cut someone off when they’re obviously drunk and, in one of the cases where the bar was sued, the person who died had a blood alcohol content of .30. That’s three times the legal limit and certainly more alcohol than a person can have in their blood and expect to be safe.
Talk to an Attorney
Personal injury claims may seem straightforward, but you may need advice from an attorney if you’re not sure who was really responsible. You can get Texas car accident help from a personal injury attorney, whether you feel that the drinking establishment, the driver themselves or some other entity was to blame for your loss of a loved one or your own injuries.