A Texas man recently filed a lawsuit against a Texas bar, alleging that it over-served a patron and ultimately caused a drunk driving accident that left the plaintiff with severe brain injuries. The personal injury suit also names the owner of the bar as well as the driver and owner of the car involved in the crash.
According to the lawsuit, the drunk driving accident occurred in January 2011 when the plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his father. The driver of the other vehicle had just left a bar in San Leon, Texas, when he failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into the plaintiff’s vehicle.
The drunk driver then fled the scene of the accident. He was later apprehended by police, who arrested and charged him with driving while intoxicated after a blood test revealed that his blood alcohol content was 0.26 percent. That is more than three times the legal limit in Texas.
Following the crash, the plaintiff was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for “severe, debilitating and permanent” injuries to his brain and spinal cord.
In his dram shop lawsuit, the plaintiff claims that the bar that served the drunk driver before he got behind the wheel had continued to serve alcoholic beverages to the man despite the fact that he was “obviously intoxicated.” As such, the plaintiff claims, both the bar and the owner are responsible for the car accident and the injuries that resulted. He is seeking a jury trial and unspecified monetary damages.