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Victims' families, survivors win lawsuit against drunk driver

Most readers in New Haven are aware that car accidents can result in serious injury or even death for the drivers who are involved, as well as for their passengers. While often the driver who caused the crash will face some sort of penalty or charge by law enforcement, they may also be held financially responsible, if those affected choose to take legal action against them.

The families of a woman and a man who were killed in a car accident in 2009, along with two other victims who lived, reportedly filed a civil lawsuit against the driver who caused the collision and the Elks lodge where he had been drinking the day of the crash. According to reports, the driver had attended an event at the lodge with unlimited beer and food prior to the auto accident. He was purportedly sentenced to between two and four years after pleading guilty to driving drunk.

In their lawsuit, the families and the victims reportedly alleged that the drunk driver, and the lodge where he was served the alcohol, were negligent, which resulted in the crash. The jury purportedly agreed with their claims and recently awarded them $28 million.

If you have been injured, or have lost a loved one, in a car accident, you too may have the option to file a civil lawsuit. It may be of benefit to consult with an attorney to discuss your case. A lawyer can advise you of the best course of action for your situation, as well as address any other concerns that you may have.

Source: Connecticut Post, “Jury awards $28M for deadly W. Pa. car crash,” Nov. 22, 2013

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