A nightclub is being sued by the family of well-known football celebrity, Jerry Brown Jr., who used to be a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys team. The lawsuit claims that the club improperly served his teammate, Josh Brent, excessive amounts of alcohol, turning him into a drunk driver. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that this resulted in a crash that took Brown’s life as he rode in a car Brent drove. A woman from Illinois filed the same type of lawsuit against the club in October.
Brown died after the car rolled over and caught fire. The driver was later criminally charged with intoxication manslaughter, with police alleging that his blood alcohol level soared to two times the legal limit. Brent’s Illinois driver’s license was also expired and suspended.
Intoxicated driving is a major source of carnage on the highways, killing and maiming thousands of people each year. Lawsuits against such reckless drivers are increasingly commonplace. Bars and restaurants that supply the liquor that gets such drivers so intoxicated are also legitimate targets for wrongful death and personal injury claims. This is based on their misconduct in ignoring their customers’ inebriated condition and continuing to serve them. Such lawsuits can not only get compensation for accident victims and their families but also send a powerful message that hopefully will deter future misconduct on the part of both the motorist and liquor vendors.
On the night of the accident, Brent allegedly drove his Mercedes vehicle into a curb, causing it to turn over and catch fire. Police who arrived at the scene of the accident later stated that he showed several signs of intoxication, smelled of alcohol and failed field sobriety tests. This accident was preventable by both the driver and the bar that served him alcohol.
Courthouse News Service, “Nightclub Blamed in Dallas Cowboy’s Death” David Lee, Nov. 08, 2013