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When a driver chooses to to drink and drive they make a reckless act that is often time a highly liable event. While an independent investigation is needed to determine liability if them was indeed intoxicated before the wreck he could face great liability in a wrongful death claim. Unfortunately in California a wrongful death claim may be all that is able to be filed as California does not employ laws for dram shop or Social Host. These laws in states where applicable are used to hold bars or homeowners at least partially liable in the event an intoxicated patron or guest causes an accident. These laws do not take away blame from the driver but rather seek to address the causes of many of these events head-on with civil penalties.
Texas Wrongful Death Attorney Michael Grossman