Kayla Mendoza crashed into another car while driving the wrong direction on the Sawgrass Expressway. Before the accident, Mendoza was at a bar and restaurant where she drank tequila shots. 20 year-old Mendoza's receipts from the establishment show that she paid for two margaritas and two shots of Patron Silver tequila. After leaving the bar and restaurant, Mendoza crashed into a Toyota Camry, causing the death of Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Ferrante. Hours before the crash, Mendoza tweeted "2 drunk 2 care". She was arrested after the crash on charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and driving without a license causing death.
Underage Mendoza received alcohol from an establishment so she may not be the only party liable for the accident. Establishments that sell alcoholic beverages can be held liable for the actions of their intoxicated patrons. Florida's dram shop law imposes strict liability to businesses that sell alcoholic beverages to minors or individuals that are already visibly intoxicated. Florida Statute § 768.125 provides that a person who willfully and unlawfully sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a minor, or who knowingly serves a person who is already visibly intoxicated any beverages, may become liable for injury or damages resulting from the intoxication of such minor or person.
If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of a drunk driver, it is important that you consult Mr. Izquierdo to determine what your rights are. Just because you were a victim of a drunk driver does not mean that you can bring a claim against the establishment that served alcohol. The Plaintiff must prove that said establishment had notice of the driver's intoxication prior to selling him the alcoholic beverage. As your attorney, Mr. Izquierdo must prove that the establishment knew or should have known of the customer's state of inebriation. Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., can help you determine if you have a claim, not only against the drunk individual that was the direct cause of your injuries, but against the business that served them alcohol.
Because the burden of proof rests with the Plaintiff, it is essential that you retain an attorney with the resources to gather the necessary evidence to help you prove your case. At Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., we have the resources and the experience that is necessary for your claim to be successful. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driver that was served too much alcohol by an establishment in violation of Florida Law, contact the offices of Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., for a free consultation.