Losing a loved one wreaks havoc on the lives of family members. Not only does it take an emotional toll on the family as they try to come to terms with their loss, but it also takes a financial toll as medical bills and funeral expenses pile up. In addition to this, if the person who died was the breadwinner of the family, it creates a financial hole that can cause additional pressure for the family.
A car accident can take place in the blink of an eye, but the repercussions can last victims and their loved ones a lifetime. A multi-vehicle crash in Ohio left one person dead and another two with catastrophic injuries for which they were airlifted to a hospital to receive medical treatment.
Last week's post on this blog discussed business's liability if a patron was consuming alcohol at their establishment and then went on to cause an accident that resulted in someone's injuries or death. Ohio's "dram shop" laws, as they are called, allow victims to hold these establishments liable if certain conditions are met. But what about accidents that take place after the drunk driver was drinking at someone's house?
When Ohio residents lose a loved one in a sudden accident, it is difficult to come to terms with their loss. When the crash is the result of a drunk driver, it is even more difficult to grasp how a drunk driver could get behind the wheel intoxicated and risk the lives of everyone on the road. One of the ways drunk driving accident victims can get closure is by holding the drunk driver accountable for their irresponsible behavior. In addition to this, under Ohio's Revised Code section 4399.18, accident victims can hold businesses accountable if a drunk person goes on to cause an accident. These laws are known as "dram shop" laws.