According to KTXS 12, on Sunday night at the intersection of West Vestal Place and Commercial Avenue in San Antonio, Texas, a suspected drunk driver crashed into a park car. As soon as this happened, the driver ran a stop sign and proceeded to crash into another vehicle. The driver who caused the crash was accompanied by another adult and a child, all of them fled the scene.
The second vehicle that was hit by the drunk driver was carrying two people who were treated at the hospital for minor injuries. The suspected drunk driver was arrested later that night at a convenience store. They were charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to stop and render aid.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan represents drunk driving crash victims and their families in lawsuits. Mr. Lenahan has offered to share his thoughts on the legal options open to people affected by drunk driving crashes in Texas.
When someone who is intoxicated injures another person due to negligence, the victim has the right to a personal injury lawsuit against that person. In a number of states including Texas, there may be another legal option available to victims of alcohol-related injuries. It is another type of lawsuit known as a dram shop claim.
Dram shop liability is broad in Texas, compared to other states. These lawsuits must be based on a violation of Texas' dram shop act:
Therefore, if alcohol is served to a minor or over-served to an adult and that individual ends up injuring another person, then the licensed establishment may be held liable for the victim's injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in a drunk driving accident , you can learn more about your legal options by speaking with an experienced drunk driving crash victims lawyer.