Jury Awards Nearly $8 Million to Motorcyclist with Permanent Injuries from Drunk Driving Crash

Auto accidents are bad enough, but there is no acceptable excuse for impaired driving. Here is a verdict that Litigation Funding Corporation hopes will send a message to drivers and businesses about the serious consequences of drunken driving.

An Arizona jury has awarded nearly $8 million in damages, resulting from an August 2013 motorcycle crash.
The 42-year-old victim was on his way home when he was struck by a drunk driver, leaving him with permanent injuries. He said due to the injuries sustained, he required surgeries on his neck and suffers increased fatigue as his day progresses.

According to reports, the negligent driver’s BAC was 0.154 at the time of the crash, almost twice the legal limit. He served three years and one month for aggravated assault in connection with the crash.

The victim and his wife filed a civil lawsuit against the drunk driver and the bar where the man was drinking prior to the crash. The suit alleged that the bar kept serving the man after it should have stopped. The jury awarded the plaintiff $5.4 million from the bar and $2.5 million from the negligent driver for past and future wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. The verdict and award still must be affirmed by the Supreme Court judge.

It took 3 1/2 years to obtain an award in this case, but no money has yet to change hands. This family has gone years with mounting medical bills and loss of income due to a preventable accident. Plaintiffs in cases like this will often benefit from litigation funding.

A bar can be held accountable for a personal injury or wrongful death caused by a drunk driver if there is evidence that the bar illegally served alcohol to the driver prior to the crash. This is called a dram shop claim. Dram shop liability laws vary widely state to state; it is important to consult a personal injury attorney versed in this area of the law to determine if you have a valid case.

These types of lawsuits will take a long time to sort out; the bar will likely mount a vigorous defense and a settlement or trial could be months, even years away. By the time the plaintiff is able to see a settlement, he may face financial ruin. While waiting to obtain justice, litigation funding would allow the plaintiff to stay financially afloat.

When applying for a lawsuit cash advance, an applicant only needs to provide case details to the funding company. There are no credit checks; credit history does not matter and there is no need to prove employment. Once approved, funding can be available within 24-48 hours. There are no monthly payments to make and the money can be used at the plaintiff’s discretion. Best of all, litigation funding is risk-free; the cash advance is only repaid if, and when the case successfully settles.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a drunk driver, are in a pending lawsuit, and facing serious financial challenges while waiting for a settlement, you owe it to yourself to Litigation Funding Corporation for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.