Did you know that a party can be held liable for a car accident even if they are not present at the time of the collision? This is exactly what has happened to actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, who have been named in a lawsuit stemming from a 2015 drunk driving car accident involving their 25-year-old son, Chet Hanks. Chet allegedly rear-ended plaintiff Terry Moogan on a California highway last year while he was driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, injuring Moogan. The lawsuit accuses Hanks and Wilson of allowing their son to use their vehicle despite knowledge of his intoxication, holding them partially responsible for the resulting damages.
Chet, an aspiring rapper, has been open regarding his history of substance abuse and even attended rehab last year. He was not charged with driving under the influence (DUI) following the collision, however, as the police did not respond to the scene of the accident. According to Moogan’s representatives, Chet begged him not to call the police at the time of the crash.
Extended Liability in Car Accident Cases
This is a prime example of why it is vital to thoroughly investigate a car accident claim to determine the cause of a collision and all identify all potentially liable parties. Depending on the circumstances, parties other than the drivers can sometimes be responsible for a collision through indirect means.
One of the most commonly occurring examples of how liability can be extended to other parties in a car accident is known as dram shop liability. Under Connecticut’s dram shop law, liquor establishments such as bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and nightclubs that knowingly serve alcohol to an underage or already intoxicated person can be held partially liable for damages in the event the intoxicated person should cause a collision. While proving this can be an uphill battle on your own, a knowledgeable legal team can examine the facts of your crash and ensure all responsible parties are held accountable for their negligent actions.
Waterbury Car Accident Attorney – Call (203) 663-3695
If you need assistance seeking compensation for your own collision, a Waterbury personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Brian J. Mongelluzzo, LLC can protect your rights and fight for maximum financial recovery on your behalf. With 24/7 availability and no up-front fees, we can provide the results-driven advocacy you deserve during this difficult time.