January 14, 2014

When an individual is injured or killed as the result of a car crash caused by a drunk driver, the victim or their family has a right to seek compensation losses through civil litigation. Under state law, any business that can be shown to have over-served the drunk driver can also be held liable for damages.

The Austin Car Accident Lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers explain one bar is facing stiff penalties after being found responsible for a drunk driving accident that occurred two years ago. Reports indicate the incident happened on July 1, 2012, when an intoxicated driver missed a turn in Austin, Texas, and drove into Lady Bird Lake. While the driver escaped relatively unscathed, a 25-year-old male passenger in the back seat drowned.

An article from Culture Map stated the driver is facing intoxicated manslaughter charges and the bar was found to have failed to have properly monitored customer’s alcohol consumption. The violation resulted in a 45-day suspension of the bar’s liquor license or a $900 per day fine. If the fine is paid, the bar would also not be allowed to have daily drink specials and would also have to meet certain staffing requirements.

Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers and their team of Austin Personal Injury Attorneys understand the complexities of who can be held liable in the event of an alcohol-related crash and encourage anyone who has been injured by a drunk driver to discuss their legal options with an attorney immediately.