DUI Accident

Buddies go drinking and crash ensues, causing injury to drunk passenger. $20M. Los Angeles County.

After heavy drinking, two co-workers head to a club. A single-vehicle accident occurs and the passenger is severely injured. Comparative fault of driver and passenger is argued.

  • Case Name: Michael R. Isom v. Brandon T. MacCarthy
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Negligent entrustment claim in high-speed DUI crash. $1.6M. Santa Barbara County.

When DUI driver causes accident, his out-of-state father is blamed for loaning him the car.

  • Case Name: Flick v. Reyes
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Employer said responsible for intoxicated employee's auto accident. $15 million. Los Angeles County.

$15 million verdict against employer after employee becomes intoxicated while in scope of job and injures client.

  • Case Name: George v. Firstservice Residential California LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Punitives in freeway DUI case. $152K jury verdict. Los Angeles County.

Drunk driver rear-ends another car on freeway at 2 a.m. Moderate injuries. Plaintiffs beat their 998 offer.

  • Case Name: Lawrence, et al. v. Mataele
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Restaurant held liable when employee gets drunk at bar after shift. $1.5 million. San Diego County.

Course and scope of employment is deciding factor in verdict against San Diego restaurant.

  • Case Name: Cheng v. Quintanilla, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, February 05, 2016

Driver is hit by drunk driver; quadriplegia. $125 million. Ventura County.

Young man, driving to work in his parents’ uninsured car, is hit by drunk driver and rendered a quadriplegic. Insurer refuses $75K combined policy limit demands.

  • Case Name: Francisco A. Briones v. Christopher Lee Zink
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, January 22, 2016

Severe injuries to family in DUI accident; $20 million. Los Angeles County.

DUI driver crosses center line in SUV and collides with family's sedan, causing severe injuries.  Minimal policy limits, but litigation for bad faith against insurer has commenced.

  • Case Name: Cardona v. Cortes
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, June 15, 2015

Permissive use/negligent entrustment claimed after DUI crash. $111,000 verdict. San Diego County.

Alcoholic adult son takes car while his parents are in Arizona. After DUI crash, plaintiff passenger sues parents for negligent entrustment.


  • Case Name: Jenkins v. Tarbet, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 03, 2014