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22-year-old man drowns in drunk driving accident in New Jersey

When a person is obviously drunk, it's the responsibility of an establishment serving alcohol to stop doing so and to prevent him or her from driving or causing harm to him or herself or others. Failing to do this can result in a person leaving while intoxicated, getting into a vehicle and driving, or causing other serious concerns. If someone you love is allowed to continue to drink despite being obviously intoxicated, you may have a case to speak with your attorney about, especially if the person's intoxication led to injuries or death.

In a case reported on Oct. 15, a family decided to sue a downtown bar after their loved one, a 22-year-old man, drank until he was intoxicated, then left the bar and drove his vehicle into the water at a ferry landing near Marin Boulevard.

The lawsuit claims that the bar, Powerhouse Lounge, had continued to serve the 22-year-old man alcohol even though he was obviously intoxicated. Then, the family claims the facility was negligent in allowing him to leave while drunk, which resulted in him driving and losing control of his vehicle. He died when his vehicle submerged itself on the coast of Jersey City, drowning him.

The family has also decided to sue the owner of the parking lot, Liberty Harbor Holdings. The barrier that the young man had driven over was deteriorating. The family claims that it should have been at least the height of the vehicle's bumper and that the barrier is mandated by the city's codes. The family has also sued the Department of Code Enforcement, Jersey City and the city Building Department for recklessness, negligence and carelessness.

Source: NJ.com, "Family of Jersey City man who died in 2014 New Year's Day plunge sues bar, city, lot owner," Michaelangelo Conte, The Jersey Journal, Oct. 15, 2015

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