The parents of a 30-year-old man killed in a fatal DUI accident last summer have filed a wrongful death suit against both the driver's estate as well as Barnaby's, the bar that served that driver alcohol. Their son was the passenger in a car driven by Ryan Dunn, known from the Jackass movie and TV show. According to the article in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dunn's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he crashed his Porsche in West Goshen Township, PA. He was also killed in the accident.
The article said that the victim's family is seeking unspecified punitive and compensatory damages. Both Dunn and the victim were at Barnaby's Tavern in West Chester, PA prior to the crash.The suit alleges that the bar was responsible under Pennsylvania law to refuse to serve obviously drunk patrons and that Dunn was "obviously intoxicated."
If a drunk driver caused an accident that killed your family member, you may have a claim for compensation against that driver. You may also have a dram shop claim against a bar or restaurant that served alcohol to that driver if he was obviously intoxicated before leaving the bar. Under Pennsylvania dram shop law, families can file a claim against restaurant or bar owners if a server was found liable for overserving that driver.
If you were seriously injured in a drunk driving accident in Pennsylvania, contact an attorney with a great deal of knowledge in the area of dram shop law. Marciano & MacAvoy, P.C. have a track record of success in this area. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Parents sue over fatal 'Jackass' car crash, August 9, 2012