Car accident news
09/01/2012

Drink driver sues bar for failing to ID her prior to car crash

An American woman who was paralysed in a car accident after a night of underage drinking has launched a claim for compensation against the bar which served her alcohol.

The woman had been 20-years-old at the time of the incident and has claimed that staff should have asked for her ID when she ordered drinks at the bar in South Carolina, on the night of the accident.

Despite being a year under the legal age to drink in America, the young woman reportedly spent several hours at the bar where she was drinking with friends.

She left the premises at 1am and had been driving home when her car came off the road. She was thrown 20ft from the vehicle and sustained catastrophic personal injuries that have left her as a paraplegic.

It was later revealed that she had not been wearing a seatbelt and was over the legal drink drive limit.

The woman, who now requires round the clock care, has launched a claim for compensation against the bar after staff failed to check her for ID. She has also made a claim against the Department of Transportation and the town of Bluffton and Beaufort County, arguing that they had failed to properly maintain the road where she crashed.

Both the bar owner and the Department of Transportation have denied the young woman's claims, and have instead blamed her for causing the car accident due to driving while intoxicated.

 

 

 
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