Lawsuit Filed Against Baker Street Pub & Grill in Houston Following Fatal Accident

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The dram shop attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have filed a liquor liability lawsuit against Houston's "Baker Street Pub & Grill" following the death of patron Robert Wilhite.

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Certainly our primary aim is to seek compensation for the families of drunken driving accident victims. But we also want to get these places that over-serve their customers to stop this practice.

The Houston drunk driving accident attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have filed suit against Baker Street Pub & Grill, following the death of Robert Wilhite (Cause No: 2013-02437, filed in the 80th Civil Court, Harris County). On or about August 13, 2011, the lawsuit alleges that Wilhite was served alcohol by the establishment, and continued being served after becoming intoxicated.

The suit alleges employees of the bar should have known of the decedent’s level of intoxication, and that he presented a clear danger to himself and to others. However, Wilhite was purportedly served more alcohol and allowed to leave Baker Street on his own volition. After leaving the bar, Wilhite struck a raised curb, was ejected from his vehicle and later died of his injuries.
Houston dram shop attorney Michael Grossman commented on the lawsuit, “While we recognize the precarious and dangerous situation of driving while intoxicated, we also want to identify the dangers of over-serving patrons at bars.”

Attorney Grossman goes on to discuss the fallacy of personal choice in many single-vehicle drunken driving accidents. “Yes a choice, in the sense of the word, is made to drive intoxicated. However, at heightened levels of intoxication, personal autonomy and indeed rational thinking are gone. I want to make clear that drunk driving is a scourge of our society, but we also need to recognize the genesis of many drunken driving accidents.”

Indeed, a study conducted back in 2000 noted that, of accidents surveyed, 54% began by someone leaving a bar or tavern. The remaining accidents were split fairly evenly between leaving the victim’s own home, or another’s home. While this is reasonably intuitive, it does highlight both the disparity in the origins of alcohol-related accidents, and the need to clean up the industry. (Royal, D. Racial and Ethnic Group Comparisons: National Surveys of Drinking and Driving. Attitudes and Behavior: 1993, 1995, and 1997. Volume 1: Findings; Volume 2: Methods. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Traffic Safety, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2000.)

Houston accident attorney Keith Purdue concludes, “Certainly our primary aim is to seek compensation for the families of drunken driving accident victims. But we also want to get these places that over-serve their customers to stop this practice. Our clients are the priority, but prevention of these types of accidents in the future is definitely a goal of ours too.”

A drunken driving accident, especially a single-vehicle accident, can be a very difficult event to understand. The options for legal recourse following the incident are equally difficult. If you or a loved one have been involved in a drunk driving accident, contact the Houston personal injury attorneys at Grossman Law Offices at 1-855-257-1111 or by visiting http://www.injurylawyersofhouston.com/.

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