...this is the essence of what we call a dram shop cause of action. Continuing to serve a guest past the point of intoxication is not only illegal, but incredibly dangerous.
Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) November 07, 2011
Recently filed in the 101st Judicial District Court of Dallas County, Texas (Cause No: 11-09825), the drunk driving attorneys at Grossman Law Offices filed suit against a local Dallas-area Appplebee's, following their alleged contribution to a fatal automobile accident in June of last year.
On or about June 3, 2010, Applebee's patron Randeep Bains allegedly "left the restaurant... in an obviously intoxicated state," according to the suit. Traveling roughly 100 miles an hour down a local highway, Bains lost control of his vehicle, causing it to roll several times. Due to the rollover, passenger Anthony Franklin suffered fatal injuries.
According to the suit filed by Dallas dram shop lawyers Keith Purdue and Michael Grossman of Grossman Law Offices, Bains was allegedly "sold, served and/or provided alcoholic beverages... even though it was apparent to Applebee's (he) was obviously intoxicated" and "a clear danger to himself and to other persons."
Attorney Keith Purdue notes, "This is the essence of what we call a dram shop cause of action. Continuing to serve a guest past the point of intoxication is not only illegal, but incredibly dangerous. Furthermore, this over-service is contrary to the training provided by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the very entity that licenses bars and restaurants."
The suit marks the second lawsuit against Applebee's (Cause No: 11-11279, filed in 95th Judicial District Court in Dallas, Texas) in which a passenger was also killed in an intoxicated auto accident. Founder of the firm, Dallas intoxicated driving attorney Michael Grossman states, "It's not our intention to single out any particular bar or restaurant. It is our intention, however, to put places that allegedly over-serve their customers on notice. Look at the statistics the state of Texas has in regard to drunk driving accidents and you will see something must change." Mr. Grossman cites annual reports by MADD, placing Texas as the 5th-worst state in the nation for drunk driving accidents, with 40% of all traffic deaths coming from DUI-related issues.
Attorney Grossman continues, "We've carved out a dram shop niche in the industry from our extensive experience handling alcohol-related accidents. Attorneys outside the firm seek out our assistance in these types of cases, not only for their client's benefit, but also for the greater good a successful dram shop claim can provide."
About Grossman Law Offices:
Grossman Law Offices is a personal injury and wrongful death law firm with offices in Dallas, Houston, Austin and a handful of other major cities with more than two decades of experience litigating dram shop claims. In collaboration with toxicologists, experts in the alcohol service field, and our in-house intoxication accident investigators, Grossman Law Offices has the skills and network-base to successfully pursue both first party and third party drunk driving claims.