Indiana wrongful death lawsuits can be filed by family members or beneficiaries of any person who died needlessly. A wrongful death claim can be brought either from an intentional or unintentional act that causes a loss of life, and although there are many causes of wrongful deaths from medical malpractice to workplace accidents to prescription drug side effects, some of the most common in Indiana are a result of auto accidents.
A young man from Bloomington, IN lost his life earlier this year in a violent but avoidable auto accident, and after several months his family may soon get justice for his wrongful death. It stems from an incident in February when the 20-year-old was one of four Bloomington friends that went out for a night of drinking at a bar in Danvers, IN.
Whether the bar failed to check the IDs of the friends or turned a blind eye to their ages, the four were served drinks and then made the fatal decision to get into a pickup and drive home. The intoxicated, 19-year-old driver of the truck hit a curb and lost control of his vehicle, rolling it nearly 100 yards off the road.
The 20-year-old, sitting in the rear seat, was pinned beneath the truck and suffocated under the crushing weight of the vehicle. All the other passengers in the pickup were injured, but incredibly survived the rollover accident.
Four months later and the 19-year-old driver of the pickup has pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI, a Class 2 felony, and faces fines up to $25,000 as well as 3 to 14 years in prison. He’ll be sentenced on August 8th.
But the 19-year-old isn’t the only one being held responsible for the wrongful death of his passenger. The Danvers’ bar where the minors drank will be represented by its owner at a hearing by the McLean County Liquor Commission next week, and the 69-year-old bartender that served the Bloomington group has already been charged with three misdemeanor counts of selling alcohol to a minor.
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Since Indiana wrongful death suits are entirely removed from criminal charges, neither preceding affects the other, which means that just because a person is acquitted of vehicular homicide in the death of their passenger, they can still be sued in civil action by the surviving family for the wrongful death of their loved one.
To help you and your family through this heartbreaking time, you’ll want the help of an experienced Wrongful Death Attorney with an established record of results in settling wrongful death lawsuits in the state of Indiana.
The wrongful death lawyers at the Ken Nunn Law Office have been serving victim’s families in Bloomington, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, and throughout Indiana for over 40 years. They know Indiana law, they know wrongful death lawsuits, and they will fight to get you and your family the compensation you deserve after the loss of a loved one.
Contact the Indiana Wrongful Death Lawyers at the Ken Nunn Law Office and let them get started on your claim today with a free case evaluation.
Source. Pantagraph.com, ‘http://www.accidentin.com/article44373202/b_n_man_19_pleads_guilty_fatal_dui_crash_bartender_charged__pantagraph.htm,’ June 12, 2012.
Source. CINewsNow.com, ‘http://www.cinewsnow.com/news/local/Man-pleads-guilty-in-accident-that-killed-20-year-old-passenger-158664965.html,’ June 12, 2012.
Source. PJStar.com, ‘http://www.pjstar.com/news/x219669288/Bloomington-man-faces-DUI-charges-in-fatal-crash,’ February 16, 2012.