According to the Dallas Morning News, a Richardson bar is being sued after a customer allegedly went on an 8-hour drinking binge and then drove home drunk. As reported, savage arrived around at W.W. Fairfields at around 6:00 pm on December 19th, and the bar continued to serve him until after 2:00 a.m. After leaving the bar, Savage crashed into a concrete dividing wall on Central expressway a little after 3:00 am, which resulted in serious injury. Savage eventually hired attorney Tom Carse to represent him in the matter, and they have filed suit seeking $1 million in damages from the bar.
When stories like this are reported, they have a tendency to cause some outrage from the public. This is especially true in situations like this where the drunken patron sues the bar for their own damages as a result of an accident. I have to admit, it seemed counterintuitive to me when I first studied Texas Dram Shop law. Texas Dram Shop law provides an avenue under Texas Alcohol and Beverage Code for victims of drunk driving accident, as well as patrons who “caused” the accident, to sue a restaurant, bar, or any other establishment licensed by the State of Texas if they serve a customer to the point of obvious intoxication where they knew or should have known that they presented a danger to themselves and others.
Most react this way: why do we even have that law? Are people not responsible for their actions?