When an elderly Cobb County Georgia woman was killed as a result of a drunk driver’s negligence, the jury spoke clearly about their level of tolerance for drinking and driving.
Following an accident in which his 78-year-old wife was thrown from the car and killed by the reckless negligence of a drunk driver, a wrongful death suit was filed in Cobb County State Court by the widower. The decedent’s elderly husband also claimed that the accident resulted in injuries to his own person including multiple rib fractures, respiratory failure, fractured pelvis, cracked thoracic spine, pulmonary contusions, subdural hematoma and continuing mental confusion. Plaintiff claimed $ 54,718 in medical specials.
The Business That Was Negligent
The suit was filed in Cobb County State Court against the drunk driver and the Cyprus Lounge, the establishment where the defendant had allegedly been drinking alcohol for three hours prior to the prior to the accident claiming that according to Georgia’s Dram Shop Liability Law, they had served the defendant alcohol even though he was visibly intoxicated.
The accident happened when plaintiff made a left-hand turn from Canton Highway into a restaurant parking lot. As the plaintiff was making the turn the Defendant’s vehicle slammed into the passenger side of the vehicle. The defendant was traveling at approximately 66 m.p.h. His blood alcohol content was found to be .25 at the time of the accident.
The Trial and Award
At trial the Defendant drinking establishment contended that the defendant driver was not a patron. Even if he had been in the defendant was a severe alcoholic who did not appear intoxicated. They also alleged that the plaintiffs’ husband was contributory negligent for turning in front of the drunk driver’s vehicle.
Following testimony from several expert witnesses including accident reconstruction experts and medical professionals, the empaneled Cobb County Jury deliberated 4 hours before returning a verdict of $600,000 in favor of the plaintiff widower.
Money Will Never Compensate for the Loss of Life
An aged man is alone now, and his three grown children were deprived of their beloved mother by the irresponsible and despicable actions of a drunken man and an avaricious purveyor of alcoholic beverages. What is such a life worth?
Georgia law provides what it can for the innocent people whose lives are altered by terrible loss. Of course no amount of money can make up for the loss of a wife and a mother, but the guilty can be made to think twice before making the same deadly mistakes again.
The Millar Law Firm
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one because of the negligent actions of someone else, the very least you can do is to honor that lost love by making an example of the guilty parties. Call the legal experts at The Millar Law Firm provide a free evaluation of the facts in your case. You may be able to recover some small satisfaction in knowing you have helped to make Georgia Highways safer.
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