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Who is responsible for auto accidents caused by underage drivers?

A recent drunk driving accident in Texas left a young mother dead and a teenage driver facing serious criminal charges. The young driver, age 19, was served a large amount of alcohol in a bar, after which he got behind the wheel of his vehicle. Causing one of the state's latest auto accidents, he crossed three lanes of traffic and collided with a vehicle that had a young mother, her son and the grandmother inside. The grandmother and the son of the deceased survived the crash.

According to a video taken from inside the bar, the intoxicated driver was served at least 12 drinks while he was there. This includes a few shots of tequila. Reports indicate that he was never asked to show his identification, and the bar was not even licensed to serve alcohol. Several people who work at the bar are also facing charges for serving a minor and other violations.

The driver is facing intoxicated manslaughter charges, but he is currently out on bail. In addition to the criminal charges he is facing, it is also possible he could be named in a civil suit on behalf of the son of the deceased. The bar and others involved may be subject to a civil claim as well. Those impacted by drunk driving have the right to seek compensation for their financial losses and non-economic damages through a wrongful death claim.

After a drunk driving accident, Texas readers understand the importance of seeking help as soon as possible. Victims of auto accidents do not have to walk through the aftermath alone, but they can seek support and guidance as they put their lives back together and move forward. It is possible to hold drunk drivers and liable parties accountable for their reckless and negligent behavior. 

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