Car Accident Claims Involving Dram Shops
Our highly respected McAllen DWI injury lawyers explain what you need to know
Drunk driving accidents can be very complicated legal cases. That’s because they sometimes involve more than just the drunk driver who caused your car accident. In many cases, you may be able to take legal action against the business that sold alcohol to the driver.
Knowing what to do in these cases can be very complicated. Even knowing what your rights are might not be clear. That’s why it’s critical that you talk to someone who understands how the legal system works when it comes to car accidents in Texas. That’s why we want to meet with you at Karam Law Firm.
Our highly respected McAllen car accident lawyers have years of experience dealing with many different types of car accidents. McAllen attorney Aizar J. Karam Jr. in particular has more than 24 years of experience successfully resolving complex cases. You can count on Karam when it matters the most.
What are dram shop claims?
A dram shop is a term used to describe a business that sells alcohol. These businesses often include bars, restaurants and liquor stores. The term refers to business which used to sell alcohol by the dram, a term used to describe a small amount of liquid. In Texas, these dram shop laws are included under Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code Chapter 2.
Under these dram shop laws, a business may be held legally responsible for a drunk driving accident if the business knowingly sold alcohol to:
- A minor under 18 years old
- Someone who gave the alcohol to a minor under 18 years old
- Someone who was clearly intoxicated and posed a clear danger to others
Texas’ dram shop laws may also include adults who host parties where alcohol is served. These rules – which are included under Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code Chapter 2 – are known as social host liability laws. Under these laws, if the host of the party is over 21 years old, they could be partially held responsible for a drunk driving accident if the host:
- Served alcohol to a minor under 18 years old and the host is not the parent, legal guardian or spouse of the minor
- Knew alcohol was being served to minors on their property
Whatever the circumstances of your potential dram shop claim, we can help you navigate your way through Texas’ often-complicated legal landscape.
What makes Texas dram shop claims so complicated?
There are so many reasons why Texas dram shop claims turn out to be complicated legal cases. Some of the reasons why include:
- The bar, restaurant or liquor store that sold the alcohol to the intoxicated driver denies knowing that the driver was drunk when they purchased more alcohol.
- The business or host of a party denies knowing the person they served alcohol to was a minor.
- The business owner or host denies serving alcohol to the drunk driver who caused your car accident.
- The insurance company for the business owner denies your dram shop claim.
- The business owner hires an attorney to vigorously fight your legal case.
Don’t underestimate the complexity of your legal case. Get the help you need and deserve from highly respected McAllen car accident attorneys who know the law and thoroughly understand how the legal system works in Texas. Attorney Aizar J. Karam Jr. has extensive experience working with insurance companies. As a result, he knows the tactics they often use and how to respond effectively to them.
Dealing with a dram shop accident claim? Call Karam. We can help.
Take your dram shop accident claim seriously right from the start. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation with a Texas dram shop claim lawyer who puts your best interests first. We can evaluate your case, answer any questions you might have and explain our strategy for your specific case. Count on Karam when it matters most. We’re on your side. We have offices conveniently located in McAllen and Edinburg.