Who Is Involved in a Fourth of July Drunk Driving Incident?

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It is both saddening and aggravating when you are made a victim of a car collision despite having driven with an abundance of care. But what makes this all the more devastating is if you were struck by a drunk driver leaving a Fourth of July party. With this, you must assign fault to the appropriate parties. Follow along to find out what parties are potentially involved in a Fourth of July collision and how a proficient Houston, Texas drunk driving accident lawyer at White Personal Injury can help you make this determination.

What parties are potentially involved in a Fourth of July drunk driving incident?

Upon discovering that the other driver involved in your incident had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.08 percent or higher, you may be quick to place responsibility solely on them. However, there may be other parties at play.

For example, you must consider whether the drunk driver was leaving a restaurant, bar, or otherwise an establishment that serves alcohol. This is because the state of Texas has a dram shop law in place that enforces the following:

  • An establishment is prohibited from serving a patron alcohol when they are clearly intoxicated (i.e., glossy eyes, slurred speech, unsteady walking, etc).
  • An establishment is prohibited from serving a patron alcohol when they are younger than the legal drinking age (i.e., younger than the age of 21).
  • An establishment is prohibited from serving a patron alcohol when they do not have the proper liquor license to do so.
  • An establishment is prohibited from serving a patron alcohol when they are outside their established hours of operation.

If any of the above circumstances apply to your incident, then you may direct your personal injury claim against an establishment, as well.

How should I approach my drunk driving incident claim?

Notably, a drunk driving incident is handled by both criminal and civil law. Understandably, you may be worried that your personal injury claim may be overshadowed by the drunk driver’s criminal proceedings. But you may rest assured with the proper legal representation.

For one, your lawyer may ensure that you receive restitution from the drunk driver’s criminal proceedings. And even if they are found not guilty, your lawyer may still build a strong argument in your personal injury claim proceedings. That is, they may assert that you still incurred serious injuries and damages due to the negligence of the other driver, and therefore you still require financial compensation to heal.

You must understand that there are federal and state laws to protect you in a situation like this. So please do yourself a favor and retain the services of a talented Houston, Texas auto accident lawyer from White Personal Injury today.

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