A lawsuit against a Lake bar stemming from a drunken boating accident that killed two people and injured two others has been settled before trial.As a Maryland personal injury lawyer I have handled many cases against drunk drivers who have caused serious injuries to others. Lawyers representing the bar, and three of the victims agreed to the settlement Tuesday, the day that jury selection in the case had been scheduled to begin in state Superior Court.
Because of a confidentiality agreement, the amount of the settlement was not disclosed. But the state law under which the lawsuit was filed, limits damage awards to $250,000 to be divided among all parties. The victim who was killed, and another, who was critically injured, were passengers in the speedboat operated by a speedboat that collided with a bass boat shortly after they left the lake side bar.
The boat driver who state Department of Environmental Protection police said had a blood-alcohol level of .19, more than twice the legal limit, was also killed in the crash. The suit claimed employees of the bar continued to serve the victim alcohol even though he was clearly intoxicated. “I can’t talk about the numbers, but I believe all the parties were satisfied that the matter has been settled,” said the attorney, who represents the victim. Citing the confidentiality agreement,the lawyer who represented the victim’s estate, declined to comment other than to confirm the case had been resolved.
Attorneys for the bar couldn’t be reached and neither could the permit-tee at the bar. The restaurant is closed for the season and two telephone numbers listed for him weren’t in service. Although the victims’ estates were on the same side during the case, they are opposing parties in a much larger and more complex lawsuit pending at state Superior Court. In that case, the estates are suing more than 70 other defendants, including the Lake Authority, members of the Lake Patrol, the New York bass fishing club that sponsored the fishing tournament in which the victim was a participant when the collision occurred and the municipalities bordering the lake.
As a Maryland personal injury lawyer I have litigated many complex injury cases and realize that the best outcome is to identify all defendants early and talk to all witnesses to develop the facts of each case. If you or family member has been subject to injury by a drunk driver call me at 1-800-320-0080 to set up an initial free consultation at my Rockville or Baltimore offices.