January 24, 2012
Justice will not come for one Maryland family until a state drunk driving liability law is changed. According to NBC 4 News-Washington, the parents of a 10-year-old girl who was killed by an over served bar patron who drove home after having 18 drinks, cannot file a $3.25 million lawsuit against the bar that over served the drunk driver because state law protects bars from being held liable for drunk driving accidents.
The accident happened in December of 2010, when a driver left the Dogfish Head Ale House in Gaithersburg, Maryland, after consuming large amounts of alcohol. Just after getting onto I-270 though, he collided with a Jeep. The crash killed the young girl riding in that vehicle.
Despite the upsetting decision Friday by the judge ruling to uphold the law, he did write a recommendation that the court of appeals examine the case further. The court of appeals could then overturn the decision, allowing victim’s families to hold an establishment accountable for over serving patrons when injury or wrongful death results.
The Maryland wrongful death attorneys with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers understand the importance of being able to prove liability in a wrongful death case. If you have lost a loved one because of someone else’s mistake, we may be able to help. Contact an experienced attorney today.