And another terrible example of a liquor liability case: the family of a woman who died in a crash with a man suspected of driving while intoxicated is suing a Kaneohe bar, claiming the establishment improperly served him alcohol. The crash on June 30, 2012, killed Rene Nihipali of Honolulu. Investigators said a sport utility vehicle crossed the center line of Kamehameha Highway in Kaaawa and struck her pickup head-on. Her widower and two daughters last week sued Kralk Enterprises, which operates Club Komo Mai, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The lawsuit also names the other driver, Sione Glenn Tilini. The lawsuit says bar staff should have detected that Tilini was intoxicated when he was served alcohol. The lawsuit claims liquor served to Tilini was a direct cause of the crash. Two passengers in Tilini’s SUV also were injured.
Liquor liability is an absolute must have insurance for every place that is serving alcohol, including bars, restaurants and other eating places, wedding halls, special event halls.
Even if you host a special event where alcohol is to be served, like a company party, or fundraising function, please consider going through a special training on how to handle alcohol sales (multiple online vendors, such as T.I.P.S. and getting liquor liability insurance. Both are really inexpensive things (for instance, t.i.p.s. is running at about $40 for the online course, which you can record to show other employees), could greatly improve your overall liability exposures and business sustainability.
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