Seven people who were injured or lost a relative in a car accident caused by a drunk driver have filed wrongful death and related lawsuits against a company they say is responsible for the accident. The insulation company was hosting a party at a bar on September 21, 2011, and allegedly allowed an employee to drive home drunk. Apparently, the driver that caused the accident was visibly drunk, and his keys were confiscated by one employee of the company. She arranged for him to get a ride home and turned his keys over to a bartender. This bartender later turned the keys over to another employee of the insulation company, who gave them back to the intoxicated driver.
This driver then rear-ended another vehicle on I-270, immediately killing two people and injuring several others.
These lawsuits further drive home the potential responsibility of people and companies that sponsor events where excessive amounts of alcohol are served. It is the responsibility of bar owners and event organizers to make sure that when alcohol is served, drivers are not allowed to go home if they are intoxicated. In this case, the result was two deaths and many more injuries, and six lawsuits each seeking compensation of more than $150,000 plus costs.
If you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, it makes it harder to know that other people, who should have been responsible and prevented the accident, were negligent. You may be able to receive compensation for your loss from these people to help you pay medical bills, funeral expenses, and make up for lost income.
To learn more about your legal rights and options following a drunk driving accident, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack, CO, LPA in Columbus, Ohio today for a free case evaluation.