Establishments with liquor licenses in New Jersey must ensure that patrons are not over-served and then get behind the wheel as the ramifications are catastrophic, as in this case.
Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) March 18, 2014
A $925,000 settlement from a Trenton bar and restaurant will compensate two members of the military who sustained severe, career-changing injuries in an automobile accident allegedly while riding with an over-served intoxicated driver. Combined with previous claims against the driver’s automobile insurance policy and under an underinsured motorist policy, this settlement brings the total amount of compensation for these two injured young men to more than $1,000,000.
“I am very pleased with the resolution of the case on behalf of my two clients. They sustained very serious injuries that have truly impacted their career goals as pilots with the Air Force,” said Richard J. Hollawell, attorney and partner in the law firm of Console & Hollawell, which represented the two accident victims. “Establishments with liquor licenses in New Jersey must ensure that patrons are not over-served and then get behind the wheel as the ramifications are catastrophic, as in this case. We left no stone unturned to ensure that we enforced that obligation.”
The legal memorandum to the bar’s insurance carrier stated that the accident occurred in April 2012, when the two clients, both Staff Sergeants in the United States Air Force, left the Rho Restaurant/Discoteca in Trenton and accepted a ride home from a friend. The driver allegedly had been over-served by bartenders there despite showing signs of visible intoxication, according to evidence obtained in the case. Though witnesses allegedly stated that the driver had been seen stumbling around while at the bar, staff continued to serve him until his blood alcohol level was 0.332 percent, more than four times the legal limit. Instead of calling him a cab, doormen allegedly escorted this patron from the club, at which point he encountered the two victims and was reported to have offered them a ride. The driver then allegedly lost control of the vehicle, colliding with a wall and causing serious injuries, including brain injuries, to both passengers.
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