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Can football stadiums be sued for over-service of alcohol? Yes. Here's how:

Texas and football seem inextricably intertwined. During football season, many Texans spend their entire weekends dedicated to the sport.

But what happens when fans drink too much at a stadium and later cause accidents? Then, Texas's dram shop laws have something to say about it. Below, we'll outline how these cases work. In the meantime, make sure you check out our now.


Questions Answered on This Page:

  • Can you sue a football stadium for over-serving a patron if they cause an accident?
  • Is the football stadium responsible if an intoxicated fan injures them self or someone else?

When drunk football fans leave stadiums and hurt other people in Texas.

Let's say a fan is at AT&T Stadium watching the Cowboys one Sunday. He keeps going back to one of the many bars and beer stands in the stadium for alcohol. At a certain point, he's so intoxicated that everyone can tell. Despite the fact that the stadium has an official policy against selling alcohol to patrons who are intoxicated, one of the full-service bars keeps plying him with double vodkas. On his way home, he causes a car accident and kills a young wife and mother of two. What happens now? To state it simplistically:

  • Her husband should hire an attorney file a third-party dram shop claim against stadium and the individual bars that kept selling the drunk driver more alcohol. Whether or not they were "licensed" to sell alcohol or not doesn't matter.
  • His lawyer should launch an investigation into the incident to find witnesses, research any potential defendants, and secure all publicly-available documentation available.
  • After finding the potential parties who are liable, the lawyer will file a lawsuit for lost wages, loss of consortium, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
  • During the lawsuit process, your lawyer will need to cull through mountains of evidence and hours of forthcoming testimony about the establishment's alcohol practices, and whether anyone remembers seeing the drunk who later killed the woman.

The goal in these cases to is prove that the establishment served the driver when he was already so intoxicated that he presented an obvious danger to himself and others. If that can be shown, then the bar has broken the law and negligently over-served alcohol.

When drunk football fans leave stadiums and hurt or kill themselves.

In Texas, the family of those who died in alcohol-related accidents can file a first-party dram shop claim. These suits allow for exactly the same kinds of recovery as cited in the above case. Your dram shop attorney will have to prove the same elements:

  1. the alcohol provider
  2. sold, served, or provided
  3. alcohol to someone who was already obviously intoxicated.

Keep in mind here, though, that the establishment will point the finger back at the drinker and claim the whole thing was his fault, and so you should recover nothing. However, we've recovered serious compensation for families in these situations because we know the law, sure, but we also have proven that because alcohol impedes drinkers' judgment, they're NOT completely responsible for their accidents.

You need to call our dram shop lawyers now.

Evidence in these cases has a way of getting "lost." We need to file a claim as soon as possible to make sure the stadium employees who caused your accident don't get away with what they did. Call us now at (855) 326-0000 for a completely free and confidential discussion about what your legal rights are.


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