When Are Bars Responsible For Over-serving Patrons?

"Dram shop" is a centuries-old term that originated in England, where drinking establishments sold gin by the dram (the equivalent of a spoonful). The term "dram shop" lives on today in U.S. law.

Currently, 43 states (including Texas) have dram shop laws. They vary from state to state, but in general, the laws allow victims and their families to seek damages from businesses for over-serving customers.

A typical scenario for a liquor liability case involves an individual who has been drinking heavily at a bar. The person then drives and gets into a crash that causes injuries. The legal case would begin with the victim or the victim's family hiring an attorney to defend their rights.

At The Law Office of J. Gregory Whitten P.L.L.C., we have years of experience with alcohol liability cases. To schedule an appointment to discuss your case, call us at 972-913-6005 or contact us online.

The Texas Dram Shop Act

In 1987, the Texas legislature passed the Texas Dram Shop Act. There are many factors in a liquor liability case. Texas law says:

  • It must be apparent to the provider of the alcohol that the person "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."
  • The recipient's intoxication caused the damages that were suffered.

Dram shop cases are not easy to prove. They require a high level of legal knowledge and experience, which we have at The Law Office of J. Gregory Whitten P.L.L.C. With liquor liability cases, we believe our willingness to prepare puts our clients in a stronger legal position and ultimately helps achieve the best possible results.

Need To Speak With A Lawyer?

If you need to meet with an attorney who is experienced with alcohol liability cases, The Law Office of J. Gregory Whitten P.L.L.C. in McKinney, Texas, can help. To make an appointment to discuss your case, call us at 972-913-6005 or contact us online.