Thanksgiving is less than a week away and the holidays often give rise to something that no one is thankful for – more drinking and driving. Every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash, with 28 Americans being killed each day in drunk driving crashes. Unfortunately, the rate of drunk driving is highest among 21 to 25 year olds, who also are more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than any other way. Drunk driving deaths increased in 2012 over 2011 nationwide.
This has come to the forefront with the recent Texas case against Hooters where it is alleged that Hooters over served 2 customers to the point that they became visibly intoxicated and then left the restaurant. To no one’s surprise, the customers then raced down I-10, lost control of their vehicle and hit the center concrete median. An innocent driver that was in the other lane of traffic was killed as a result.
Hooters is a defendant in the action because of laws known as Dram Shop laws. Dram Shop laws are laws that allow injured parties or their families to sue establishments that serve visibly intoxicated people or minors. 38 states, including Alabama, have Dram Shop liability, although liability differs by state. Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been instrumental in attempting to get legislation passed or strengthened across the country.