The majority of drunk driving accidents rarely involve just one car, often harming other drivers as well. Approximately 30 people in the United States die each day from drunk driving accidents. In Massachusetts and elsewhere, drunk drivers may be held both criminally and civilly accountable for the damages and injuries they cause. Victims and their families may seek both compensatory and punitive damages resulting from the drunk driving accident.
Following a company holiday party, a Marriott employee lost control of his vehicle and hit a car driven by Jared Purton, a gifted immunologist from the Scripps Research Institute in California. Michael Landris, the involved Marriott employee, was driving his car at a speed of over 100 miles per hour when he slammed into Purton’s car, killing him instantly. According to Fox 5 News, Purton’s family is suing the Mariott, alleging that the hotel is to blame for Landris’s actions because they served him with free alcohol at the company party. Furthermore, the suit alleges that the Marriott was negligent in allowing Landri to drink and then operate his vehicle. Commentators believe that this case will set precedent for companies in the future and cause them to be more aware of unregulated alcohol consumption at company parties. A year after the accident, Landris pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 6 years in prison.