Underage driver was drunk when she hit pedestrian, fled scene

February 11th, 2013 - by DKRPA

Driver error is so often the cause of car accidents. Many times, this driver error occurs because of a lapse in judgment. Maybe the driver was texting behind the wheel, or talking with friends in the car, or simply lost sight of what they were supposed to be focusing on: the road.

But this lapse in judgment can also occur before the driver even sits down in a motor vehicle. When someone decides to consume alcohol or drugs, and then makes the shocking decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle, their reckless behavior is clear.

What makes this recklessness so outrageous is when the driver (somewhat inevitably) gets into an accident. The victims of the accident may never be the same — if they are able to survive the serious injuries that are usually associated with a DUI accident. The accident victims need to consider their legal options as soon as possible.

One possible claim they can consider is dram shop liability. This holds the bar, restaurant or establishment responsible for serving the drunk driver alcohol.

Just such a case occurred in Miami, Florida recently, when a 20-year-old woman hit and killed a pedestrian, and then fled the scene of the accident. As it turned out, she was drunk; and the establishment that was serving her likely knew she was underage and intoxicated, according to a lawsuit filed by the deceased pedestrian’s family.

They are suing the 20-year-old for negligently operating a vehicle and fleeing the scene of an accident; and they are faulting a beach club for serving the underage woman.

Source: CBS Miami, “Family Of Hit & Run Victim Sue Karlie Tomica,” Feb. 8, 2013

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