A settlement in the amount of $11.6 million will be split among the family members of three people who were killed in a Pennsylvania drunk driving accident. This settlement is the result of a case against the local businesses that reportedly served the driver alcohol before he got into the accident. Five businesses were included in the initial complaint, as well as the person who was intended to be the driver's designated driver but did not end up doing so.
The record states that the intoxicated driver had been drinking at a hockey game in Reading and then proceeded to drink at multiple stops on the way home. The Spectacor Management Group allegedly served the man in a luxury suite during the hockey game, after which he visited the Kutztown Pub and Roosevelt's 21st Ale House. The beer distributor present at the hockey game, Geiger's Beverages, was also named in the suit.
None of these venues refused to serve the man alcohol after he showed signs of being intoxicated. The driver reportedly had an alcohol level of .23 percent at the time of the crash. He was sentenced to a minimum of 7.5 years in prison and a maximum of 18 years.
Liquor establishments in Pennsylvania are not allowed to serve alcohol to those who show signs of being clearly intoxicated. This settlement shows that they can be held accountable for the actions of those intoxicated if they do so. Those who have lost family members in drunk driving accidents could choose to consult a personal injury attorney about the possibility that one of these establishments may have been negligent and may owe compensatory damages.
Source: Lehigh valley live, "Families of three killed in drunken-driving crash awarded $11.6 million settlement", Palema Sroka-Holzmann, June 04, 2013
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