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Tragic car accident spurs Texas family to file lawsuit

A tragic Texas drunk driving incident has led one family file a lawsuit against the local bar that served the driver alcohol prior to the wreck. The car accident occurred in 2011. An 18-year-old woman was traveling in her pickup truck when she was struck from behind by another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was traveling with no headlights on and at a rate of speed nearing 130 miles per hour. The impact of the accident crushed the pickup truck's cab and dislodged the bed.

The woman was transported to a local hospital but unfortunately died a few hours later from a subdural brain hemorrhage and major blunt force injuries. The family's lawsuit contends the man had been kicked out of the bar a half hour before the car accident occurred because he refused to purchase more drinks. They suit also claims that the club requires workers to pay a fee to work there and, as a matter of policy, are encouraged to sell more drinks in order to earn "credits" against the required fee. The suit believes the club's policy is sending the message that workers should 'over-serve' alcohol to the bar's customers, even to those who may already be highly intoxicated.

After the accident, the man's blood alcohol level registered at over three times Texas' legal limit. He was charged with intoxication manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years prison. The bar named in the lawsuit has stated they had not yet been served with the lawsuit so they were unable to comment on the case.

Although the man who caused this tragic car accident has been held criminally liable, the family has still pressed forward with a lawsuit against the bar because they felt the workers' actions contributed to their daughter's death. Any time a family member passes away unexpectedly it is shocking and difficult to bear; however, when someone gets behind the wheel of a car after drinking at incredibly excessive levels, the death can seem even more tragic. The family may have additional legal recourse in this case even after the resolution of their current lawsuit. Pressing forth with legal action may not bring their daughter back, but it could serve as a warning to both individuals and businesses that take actions that can lead to loss of life.

Source: Kens5.com, "Rick's Cabaret sued over DWI crash that killed teen," Rucks Russell, Aug. 7, 2012

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