Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Crazy Horse? Here's What You Need To Know
I've been suing irresponsible bars for over-serving alcohol for 30 years. My experience handling hundreds of cases has repeatedly shown me just how many bars fail to follow alcohol service regulations, as well as the tragedies that all too often result. While people might see or hear about a drunk driving accident from time to time, they don't tend to hear about the role that reckless bars play in those accidents. In order to call more attention to this issue, I dedicate a portion of my time to reviewing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's complaint records and reporting my findings here on my website. If you think you may have a dram shop (liquor liability) claim and have questions about how to proceed, don't hesitate to call me at (855) 326-0000.
Crazy Horse is a bar located in Silsbee, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the TABC's attention due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2016 and 2017, authorities conducted two investigations into the bar's alcohol service practices.
In my experience, it is uncommon for a bar without a history of run-ins with the TABC to end up on the hook for contributing to a wrongful death or injury. Virtually every bar I have ever sued was already on the authorities' radar. That's why I pay close attention to bars with several recent complaints against them. The more investigations a bar has had, the greater my concern is that it could one day cause an accident.
Note: Investigations are not proof of wrongdoing. However, if authorities investigate and fail to find evidence, it doesn't necessarily mean an establishment is innocent, either. The purpose of this article is simply to relay publicly-available information about incidents where the TABC has investigated Crazy Horse for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of Crazy Horse Between 2016 and 2017
Silsbee - 12849 Fm 92
A concerned citizen contacted the TABC on 08/04/2016, alleging that a breach of the peace (typically a fight) took place.
TABC agents looked into the matter, but were not successful at turning up any proof of a criminal or administrative violation. Unable to determine the veracity of the claim, investigators decided to close the case without any further action on 08/23/2016.
On 12/19/2017, the TABC received a complaint from an unnamed source that accused the bar of selling alcohol to both a minor and an intoxicated person.
Authorities conducted an inquiry shortly thereafter. For most liquor law violations, the TABC needs either video footage of the incident or eyewitness testimony from one of its agents in order to take any action. In this particular case, it had neither. As a result, the case came to a close on 01/24/2018.
Texas Law Says Accident Victims Can Sue Bad Bars
If you would like to learn more about Texas dram shop law (i.e. lawsuits against bars who play a role in injurious or fatal accidents), please visit our Texas Dram Shop Law Info Page.