Driving Under the Influence Kills Two Resulting in Three Lawsuits
A three-vehicle auto accident in October 2010 that killed two has led to three lawsuits. A twenty-seven year old man driving a Chevy pick-up truck crossed the center line and sideswiped a Ford pick-up truck before hitting a Honda Civic head-on. The driver of the Honda and the front seat passenger died at the scene; two backseat passengers suffered serious injuries. Blood tests showed the driver of the Chevy pick-up had Xanax and alcohol in his system; he pleading guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The lawsuits filed against Bollinger Shipyards, the driver of the Ford pick-up, and the family of the drugged driver, are asking for unspecified monetary damages. The facts in the lawsuit are:
• Earlier in the day the driver of the Chevy truck was with a friend who was arrested on DWI charges.
• He was returning from posting bond for his friend when the fatal accident occurred, he was returning from posting bond for that friend.
One lawsuit alleges that both men had been given beer by their supervisor for working overnight. The lawsuit said this is “a known and customary practice at Bollinger.” Another suit states that the negligent driver’s family allowed him to get behind the wheel knowing he was impaired. The suit against the driver of the Ford pick-up truck alleges that the he “did not take proper evasive action to avoid a collision between his vehicle and the vehicle driven by the DUI driver despite having ample time, opportunity, and warning of the upcoming dangerous situation.”
Unfortunately, the families who lost a loved one and those victims who were seriously injured may never recover full compensation; the driver of the Chevy pick-up truck was driving on a suspended license and had no insurance. The family’s only attempt at collecting from him will be from future earnings. Is Bollinger responsible for its employees? They may have provided beer, but did are they responsible if employees drink and then get behind the wheel? What about the driver of the Ford pick-up?
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