Fatal Car Accident. Confidential Settlement. Drunk Driver and Beaverton Restaurant
RB was a 22 year old class valedictorian killed while riding as a passenger in a vehicle operated by a drunk driver who lost control of the vehicle, left the road and struck a tree. Our medical experts were able to conclude that the driver was served multiple drinks by a Hillsboro restaurant while he had a blood alcohol level of greater than .20 %. Our experts were also able to conclude that at the time that he was being served alcohol by the restaurant, the drunk driver was exhibiting obvious and significant signs of visible intoxication including slurred speech. Our investigator was able to confirm obvious intoxication by interviewing other customers who were at the restaurant that night.
Witness's also confirmed that RB decided not to drive home that night and went to sleep in his car. After he fell asleep the drunk driver took his keys and was driving them home when the accident occurred. The evidence indicated that RB was still asleep at the time of the crash.
Oregon law prohibits restaurants from serving people while visibly intoxicated. The waitress serving the drunk driver was on her first day on the job and had not been trained to cut customers off after they exhibited signs of visible intoxication.
We settled the case against the drunk driver for all of the automobile insurance that was available. We also filed a lawsuit against the restaurant and reached a significant settlement just before trial. Fatal Car Accident. Confidential Settlement. Drunk Driver and an Aloha Bar
OG was the father of two daughters. He worked nights so that he could care for his daughter with severe disabilities during the day, while his wife worked. He was killed while driving home from work on TV Highway, when he was rear-ended by a drunk driver.
OG survived the initial impact, but died from a burn injury when his vehicle burst into flames. We were hired when OG's wife met with us for a second opinion. She had retained a Hillsboro lawyer who was recommending that she settle the case for $50,000, the drunk drivers liability limits.
We were hired when we explained that there was a potential claim against the restaurant that was serving alcohol to the drunk driver just prior to the collision. Had OG's wife settled with the drunk driver at this time, then the case against the Bar could not be pursued. An agreement was entered where no fee would be taken on the $50,000 and the case against the Bar would be investigated.
The Bar denied that the drunk driver was served while he was visibly intoxicated. A lawsuit was filed. The investigation included taking 14 depositions and retaining 6 experts, three of which provided opinions that based on the drunk drivers blood alcohol level at the time of the crash he was served while visibly intoxicated. A review of OLCC's records also revealed that the Bar had one of the highest liquor law violation records in the Portland metropolitan area.
Just before trial, a request was made to the court to allow us to seek punitive damages against the Bar not only for serving the drunk driver on the night of the collision, but also based upon their repeated history of overserving their customers. Total damages would have been 14.5 million dollars. The case settled shortly after the request was made. $342,000 Settlement. Portland Drunk Driver Accident.
A family of four were injured when a drunk driver lost control of his pickup truck and hit their van. Mother suffered a fractured ankle. Father and the children suffered soft tissue injuries. Everyone recovered.