In late February, a San Diego jury found that the On The Border restaurant chain was responsible for a crash caused by one of their employees that inflicted serious injuries upon a Taiwanese exchange student.
The incident occurred in December 2012 when Kai-Yen Cheng was struck on his skateboard by a car driven by On The Border employee Vincent Quintanilla. Cheng, a former intercollegiate volleyball player, now uses a wheelchair and crutches to get around.
The jury awarded Cheng more than $1.5 million.
Before the accident occurred, Quintanilla apparently decided to enjoy several alcoholic drinks after ending his shift and clocking out at On The Border. There was a birthday party going on at the restaurant, and Quintanilla stuck around to enjoy it.
After later crashing into Cheng, Quintanilla was charged with felony hit-and-run. Even though Quintanilla had clocked out and removed his uniform, the fact that he drank alcohol on the restaurant premises made them liable for the incident.
In a nutshell, this ruling is an important reminder that restaurant and bar owners have a legal responsibility for any damages caused by persons driving under the influence after consuming alcohol on their premises.
The laws fall under the umbrella of premises liability which state that property and business owners have a legal responsibility to provide a safe environment. If you are seriously injured because of their negligence, you are certainly entitled fair compensation.
If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of a business owner, we’d welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your options. Contact the Gilleon Law Firm at (619) 702-8623 to schedule a free consultation.