What You Should Know About Social Host Liability Laws in Texas

If you were injured as a result of a negligent social host or bar owner, it is in your best interest to reach out to the Gonzalez Law Group today. Our dedicated Houston personal injury attorneys are on your side. Our legal team is committed to ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve.

What are social host liability laws in Texas?

In some states, there are laws in place that hold social hosts or property owners liable if they serve alcohol to a person and an injury occurs as a result of the person’s intoxication. But, Texas is not one of those states. In fact, the only exceptions are in the case that:

  • The property owner knew the individual was a minor (under 18 years old)
  • The property owner provided alcohol to an individual who was intoxicated to the extent that he/she presented a clear danger to him/herself and others, and the intoxication of the recipient of the alcoholic beverage proximately causes damages

It is important to understand that in some cases, business owners such as restaurants and bars can still be held liable for an accident related to an intoxicated customer if particular circumstances apply. Do not wait to reach out to our skilled Texas personal injury attorneys today to learn more about how our skilled legal team can help you.

What are Texas dram shop laws?

In the state of Texas, dram shop laws are statutes that may hold a business or property owner liable if they supplied alcohol to an intoxicated customer and injuries to the intoxicated individual or any other person occurred as a result. In states that have enforced dram shop laws, the injured plaintiff may seek compensation from the business or property owner.

Basically, if the intoxicated person who caused your injury was returning home from a party, bar, or social gathering, the host or bar can be held liable. But, it is necessary to understand that this is not all cases. This mostly applies if the social host knowingly served alcohol to a minor or otherwise violated a law.

If you have questions or concerns about Texas’ dram shop or social host liability laws, it is in your best interest to reach out to our skilled Houston personal injury attorneys today.


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