An 18 year old drunk driver severely injured his passenger in an automobile accident in San Antonio in the preceding week. The injured passenger had his arm severed in the auto accident and was found with his severed arm laying next to the car. The drunk driver was on Somerset Road when he crossed Zarzamora and struck a bicycle sign.
The driver of the car was charged with intoxication assault. Intoxication assault has a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a minimum of 2 years deferred adjudication.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (“TABC”) should investigate this accident to determine where the minors obtained the alcohol they consumed. If the alcohol was purchased by the minors then TABC should take action against the establishment that sold the alcohol.
The Texas Supreme Court has made it much more difficult to bring personal injury lawsuits against establishments that violate the law in serving of alcohol. However, a lawsuit should be investigated in a case such as this where minors are illegally served alcohol and because of their intoxication they cause catastrophic injuries. A Texas personal injury law firm that has experience in alcohol matters and dram shop cases should be retained to investigate whether a lawsuit can be pursued on behalf of the injured minor.