When a fatal car accident happens in Missouri, the driver found at-fault for the crash can be considered the liable party. However, a drunk driver may be responsible for the actual crash, but the bar or restaurant that served alcohol to the drunk driver could also be held accountable for damages as well.
Take, for example, a car accident in Missouri that killed a 22-year-old woman. According to the report, a drunk driver drove the wrong way on a highway and collided with the victim’s vehicle head-on. This deadly drunk driving car accident occurred a few months ago when the female victim was on her way home after work. The victim succumbed to the injuries she suffered from the incident. The accident investigation found that the alleged drunk driver had a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent when the accident happened. Missouri’s BAC legal limit is 0.08 percent. As a result, the 26-year-old drunk driver was charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter for the deadly crash.
The family of the victim decided to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the alleged drunk driver, and also named the establishment which served the driver the alcohol as a defendant in the lawsuit. The plaintiff alleged that the bar served too much alcohol to the driver even though she was visibility intoxicated at the time because the police investigation stated that the alleged drunk driver was drinking at the restaurant before causing the crash.
Drunk driving is prohibited in every state and is considered a great threat to the safety of motorists and pedestrians. Unfortunately, many lives are lost as a result of drunk driving accidents. In such cases, a family who loses a loved one may be eligible to claim compensation from the negligent party or those who contributed to the crash.
Source: South County Times, “Fenton Woman Charged with Manslaughter in Fatal Wreck“, Jamie Mowers, Jan. 19, 2015