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Restaurant sued after fatal car accident

When a car accident occurs in California and alcohol is involved, who is to blame? The person who made the foolish decision to drive a vehicle while intoxicated obviously shoulders a great deal of responsibility. A recent lawsuit highlights the fact that the driver may not be the only one held liable for the car accident, however.

The owners of a restaurant were the target of a lawsuit after a fatal drunk driving accident. The car accident, which occurred in December 2010, was caused by a drunk driver who was asked to leave the restaurant after becoming so intoxicated that he vomited. The man got into his vehicle and crashed into a car that was being driven by a pregnant woman. The woman’s 7-year-old daughter was killed in the accident. The woman also suffered severe injuries to her pelvis and miscarried her unborn child. 

The owners of the restaurant settled the lawsuit for $15.6 million. The majority of that money will go to the woman who was driving the car, although half a million will go to her husband and just over 2 million will go to her late daughter’s estate. In addition to paying this family millions of dollars, the restaurant has also agreed to change many of its policies in an effort to avoid over-serving their customers and to reduce instances of drunk driving.

When you get into your car, you expect to arrive at your destination safely. Unfortunately, the poor choices of other drivers sometimes make this impossible. If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation. A lawyer may be able to assist you with this process. 

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Owners of South Side’s Hofbrauhaus settle in girl’s death for $15.6 million,” Paula Reed Ward, May 7, 2013

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