$1 Million Dollar Dram Shop Settlement from Restaurant for Drunk-Driving Accident
Sommers Schwartz attorney Matthew Curtis secured a $1 million settlement in a dram shop action. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant restaurant/bar served alcoholic beverages to a visibly intoxicated patron resulting in the injury or death of the plaintiff’s decedent. The alcoholically intoxicated person (AIP) became so intoxicated while at the restaurant/bar that his friends had to encourage him to slow down and leave the establishment. Notwithstanding clear evidence of the physical intoxication, the defendant waitress never stopped serving the AIP, and continued to serve him alcohol in violation of the Dram Shop Act. As could be expected, the AIP got behind the wheel of his SUV with the plaintiff’s decedent as his passenger in the back seat; he subsequently crashed his vehicle into the rear end of a street sweeper, killing the both of them.