A woman was killed and a man injured after they were struck by a suspected drunk driver while riding rental bikes in Dallas on August 19. The accident happened shortly after 12:30 a.m. on the south shoulder of the 1100 block of S. Riverfront Boulevard, near Cadiz Street.
The driver fled the scene and police found him at a nearby nightclub. He was given a field sobriety test and then arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter. The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Jacob Albiar.
Neither of the victims have been identified. The 47-year-old female victim was rushed to Methodist Central Hospital and pronounced deceased there.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan draws on his experience fighting for drunk driving victims to give some tips on third liability in drunk driving cases:
In Texas and across the United States, innocent victims are injured in drunk driving accidents every day. When this happens, the victim and their family often have grounds for a personal injury claim against the drunk driver whose negligence contributed to the crash and the victim's injuries. Under certain circumstances, victims also may have grounds for a lawsuit against a business or another third party who provided alcohol to the drunk driver before the accident.
Texas has dram shop and social host liability laws which allow third parties to be held liable for injuries suffered by drunk driving victims. Alcohol vendors and social hosts may be held liable under any of the following circumstances: