A taxi driver whose decision to drive drunk resulted in the death of four people, and him being sentenced to over 40 years in prison and on the wrong end of a multi-million-dollar jury award.
We’ll talk about the case in this issue.
The Case at a Glance
The man was behind the wheel of a Yellow Cab Company taxi when he struck the victim and her three passengers. All four occupants of the victim’s car lost their lives.
The taxi driver was found to have been driving more than 80 mph at the time of the crash, and his blood alcohol content (BAC) was .17 – more than twice the legal limit.
Taxi Cab Driver Sentenced
After the crash, the taxi driver was sentenced to 44 years in prison. He had pleaded guilty to three counts of reckless homicide and one count of causing death while driving drunk.
Family Files Lawsuit But Will Money Be Easy To Collect?
The victim’s family initially filed a lawsuit against the Yellow Cab Company and the driver for damages. The jury sided with them, and issued the following $12.9 million award to them:
- $26,947 for medical costs and funeral expenses
- $4.4 million for pain and suffering
- $8.5 million in punitive damages
While the cab company was included in the original complaint, they and the family reached a confidential settlement. That leaves the driver on the hook for the bulk of the $12.9 million.
The family’s lawyer is under no illusion that it will be difficult to collect the rest of the monies since the driver will be behind bars until 2034 at the earliest.
“The most likely route to collect the judgment, if it’s ever collected, would be to attempt to garnish his wages when he released from prison. And we certainly intend to do that. I’m not going anywhere,” the lawyer said.
Has Your Family Experienced Wrongful Death? Call Barber & Associates
While nothing can fill the void, legal representatives of the victim do have the right to seek compensation. The most common grounds for wrongful death lawsuits include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Dog or animal bites
The surviving family members have more than enough to worry about, so it’s important to remember that wrongful death lawsuits can be highly effective in recovering:
- Loss of contribution of support for family members
- Loss of association
- Loss of prospective education
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
Get in touch with us here at Barber & Associates. We’re one of Alaska’s leading wrongful death firms, and have a strong reputation for representing the families of victims of all types of fatal accidents.