In states across the country, including Ohio, there are numerous occurrences each year of individuals who get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. They often try to drive themselves to their next destination, whether it is home or the next bar. Unfortunately, this poor decision making and negligence often ends in a tragedy such as a fatal car wreck.
On November 8, one man's poor decision led to the death of a woman and caused injury to her 10-month-old daughter. Now, the woman's boyfriend has filed a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for her death.
Residents of Ohio may believe that only the drunk driver can be held liable for the wrongful death of a person involved in an accident, but that is not always the case. Although this man's suit has just been filed and a decision has not yet been made, he is trying to hold the man's employer as well as those who served him alcohol liable as negligent parties in this incident.
The 45-year-old drunk driver has already been sentenced for his actions. This was the man's seventh drunk driving conviction. The judge gave him over 29 years in prison as a consequence. But that still doesn't bring back the woman who was killed by his negligence and poor judgment.
According to this man's lawsuit, the man's employer should have known or knew about his driving history. The employer was knowledgeable of this information or should have been before allowing him to drive the vehicle he operated in the crash.
When a wrongful death lawsuit is successful and someone else's negligence is determined to be the cause of another person's death, the family and loved ones may be able to recover a few different types of compensation. These may include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and death or funeral expenses.
Source: Ohio.com, "Lawsuit results from Ohio drunk driving fatality," Feb. 13, 2013