New Jersey: Passenger Injured in Drunk Driving Accident, Sues Driver and Bar

Britney Buscaglia

A 21-year-old Plaintiff, who was a passenger in Defendant's vehicle, sustained injuries due to an accident caused by Defendant's drunk driving. The accident resulted in Defendant--drunk driver being incarcerated. Plaintiff--passenger was in a coma for four years and sustained loss of sight in one eye, weakness on one side of his body and confinement to a wheelchair. Plaintiff sued Defendant--driver for negligence, and sued Defendant--American Legion for negligent service of alcohol as Defendant--driver was under the legal drinking age at the time of the accident.

Settlement: $1,100,000. Defendant--American Legion contributed their policy limit of $1,000,000; Defendant--driver's insurance carrier contributed $100,000.

Maltez v. DaSilva and American Legion