Driver sues bar for $1M after drunken crash
DALLAS - The Dallas Morning News reported a man is filing a lawsuit against a bar for allegedly serving him too much to drink, leading him to later crash his car.
The man, Gordon Savage, brought the lawsuit against W.W. Fairfield’s restaurant and club after he ended his eight-hour drinking binge at the bar and got behind the wheel of his vehicle. Eventually he crashed his car into a diving wall on the North Central Expressway.
Savage is now seeking close to $1 million in damages from the restaurant. His attorney alleges that the bar continued to serve Savage after the business closed at 2 a.m. At 3 a.m., the man crashed his vehicle and suffered serious injuries as a result. No one else was injured in the crash, and Savage managed to get out of the incident without a drunk driving charge.
The attorney, Tom Carse, told the Dallas Morning News that the bar should have cut his client off.
“You don’t go sit and drink for eight hours at a bar,” Carse told the Dallas Morning News. “You don’t let a customer do that.”
Carse also points out that bartenders at the restaurant should have known when to offer his client food and water instead of serving him more alcohol.
Under Texas law, bars and other drinking establishments can be held liable for injuries resulting from over-consumption of alcohol.
A 2012 article from the Houston Chronicle that looked into enforcement records found that criminal prosecutions against establishments or their employees are rare.