Four 17-Year-Old Girls Killed By Drunk Driver; Settlement Requires Bars To Make Policy Changes

A drunk driver who stopped at two local bars before 11:00 a.m. ran a red light hitting a car carrying five 17-year-old students. The victims were all friends and were returning from the beach when the drunk driver crashed into the side of the vehicle killing the four girls and seriously injuring one 17-year-old boy.

Martin & Jones investigated and found that the drunk driver had stopped at two local bars and had been served multiple drinks before 11:00 a.m. Martin & Jones filed suit against the two bars for serving someone when they knew she was driving and impaired.

The insurance company for each bar paid their entire insurance coverage to the families. Even more important to the families were settlement terms which required both bars to implement training programs, policies and procedures to make sure that other families would not have to experience their loss because of drunk drivers.

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