Drunk Beer Pong Guy Tries To Sue Bar After Getting Hit By Car

Add this one to the list of frivolous lawsuits, a New Jersey man filed a lawsuit against at New York bar called Wicked Willy’s over injuries he suffered following a 3 1/2 beer pong game. The man was struck by a car going 50-mph while trying to cross a highway in New Jersey after leaving the bar.

According to the man’s lawyer, he suffered numerous injuries, including a broken hip, leg and foot, tears in both his knees, and a lacerated liver. When the man’s blood was checked at the hospital four hours after the accident, his blood alcohol content was .26, which is almost four times higher than the legal driving limit.

The man claimed the bar should have been monitoring the game to make sure players weren’t getting visibly drunk, however, a New York judge has thrown out the lawsuit against the pub. The judge ruled the man voluntarily signed up for the beer-drinking game and couldn’t sue Wicked Willy as a result. The judge said the man “consumed alcohol to the point of diminished capacity.”

The New York Post says his lawyer will ask the judge to reconsider the ruling.

This is a reminder that if you sell or serve liquor in any capacity, you need to carry liquor liability coverage, not only for legitimate lawsuits, but for frivolous claims which may need to be defended in the court of law. Hiring attorney’s isn’t cheap.

For more details on the story, see this article from the New York Post


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About Jimmy Kinmartin - Business Insurance & Risk Management

Jimmy is a California licensed Property & Casualty AND Accident & Health insurance agent working at the Olson Duncan Insurance brokerage based in Torrance and Irvine, CA. He grew up in Fullerton, CA and graduated from Servite High School in Anaheim and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and currently lives in Tustin, CA. Have questions? Just ask! Or, follow Jim on Twitter at @JimKinmartin

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