A Shelby County resident was on his way to work early one morning on U.
S. Highway 280, when a drunk driver crossed the median and struck him
head on. He was catastrophically injured, underwent several surgical
procedures, and was left (drunk driving that caused serious injury to
another). Additionally, claims were asserted against the drunk driver and
against “Best-in-Town, Inc.,” an establishment in Birmingham that does
business as “The Furnace,” a so-called “gentleman’s club.” The Furnace
suggested that the drunk driver was served alcohol when he appeared
intoxicated. Those claims did not have to go to trial....
A Baldwin County resident was seven months pregnant, and a passenger in
her husband’s car, when their car was rear-ended one Sunday afternoon by
a drunk driver traveling at a high rate of speed. The female drunk driver,
about 60 years of age, had spent much of the afternoon drinking whiskey
drinks at a bar; she pleaded guilty to DUI in a criminal prosecution.
Although the baby was eventually born fine and its mother was blessedly
spared any permanent injury, a Baldwin County jury assessed both
compensatory and punitive damages in the lawsuit.
Lee County residents were traveling on I-85 in Lee County when they
were hit by a drunk driver who entered the interstate highway via the exit
ramp and traveled the wrong way. The drunk driver was killed in a
horrible collision that left 4 occupants in another car dead. The survivors
were injured badly in the collision. In the claims that followed, evidence
suggested that the drunk driver had been served alcohol at a major
restaurant chain while he was visibly intoxicated. Those claims did not
have to go to trial. . . .
A Shelby County female resident's van was rear-ended on County Road 119
in Shelby County by a doctor's BMW 740, with a tag that read
"LIVNWEL." The doctor claimed that he had been drinking at his office.
A passenger in the van was a young man with a severe mental incapacity,
and he was injured. The doctor faced criminal prosecution, and pleaded
guilty to DUI. In the civil claims that followed, a settlement was reached
without the necessity of trial.
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