MARCH NEWS : TOP 3

Staying up to date with what’s going on in your community and nation is important; but keeping up with the many events that happen each week, much less each day, is nearly impossible.

Educating yourself on the current events going on around you can save you time and keep you and your loved ones safe. However, staying on top of an endless news cycle is not something many people have time for.

Because of this, we’ve put together an overview of the top three news stories for the month of March:

 

1. JURY AWARDS $10.25 MILLION TO ELLIOTT WILLIAMS’ ESTATE AFTER HIS DEATH IN TULSA JAIL

 

A $10.25 million verdict rendered Monday in the Elliott Williams federal civil rights trial should serve as a “wakeup call” for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and its former sheriff, an attorney for Williams’ estate said.

Williams was naked and paralyzed when he died on the floor in a cell in the Tulsa Jail’s medical unit on Oct. 27, 2011, following a six-day stay. An autopsy report found that Williams died from complications of a broken neck and exhibited signs of dehydration.

Williams arrived at the jail Oct. 21, 2011, following an altercation with Owasso police. According to testimony and court records, Williams suffered a “mental breakdown” stemming from his separation from his wife and his mother’s cancer diagnosis.

Police initially booked Williams into the Owasso Jail but soon transferred him to the county lockup in Tulsa; rather than undergoing the jail’s screening process or a mental health assessment, however, Williams was placed in a holding cell because he had been “acting up,” Glanz previously testified.

 

2. VIDEO RELEASED OF TULSA POLICE CAR RUNNING OVER CRIME-SPREE SUSPECT MADISON DICKSON

 

A woman who was killed when she was run over by a Tulsa police car last weekend can be seen in newly released dash camera video. The woman is pointing a gun at officers and gunshots are heard,  prior to her death.

The video with the best view of the incident was edited prior to release and is slowed at points when Dickson is in frame. A red circle is sometimes drawn around her right hand, which is holding a gun.

In the video, Dickson appears running; she turns her torso toward the approaching police cruiser and points the gun toward the vehicle. The officer in the vehicle drives toward Dickson, who still has the gun in her hand and appears to be yelling as she runs on the sidewalk. Moments after that, the vehicle strikes Dickson, and she can be seen falling and going beneath the hood. The officer, identified as Jonathan Grafton, stops his vehicle.

Grafton, who has been with the Tulsa Police Department for six years, remains on paid administrative leave pending the investigation of his use of deadly force, Officer Leland Ashley said.

 

3. SUPREME COURT REJECTS FORMER OKLAHOMA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S POT BALLOT REWRITE

 

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a proposed rewrite of a ballot question on medical marijuana that was submitted by the state Attorney General’s office.

In a 7-1 ruling on Monday, the state’s highest court rejected the proposed rewrite that supporters of the medical marijuana initiative had argued was intentionally misleading and could confuse people into thinking they were voting to fully legalize marijuana.

Under the ruling, the original ballot language drafted by the marijuana supporters will appear on the ballot. Supporters of medical marijuana gathered enough signatures from registered voters last year to have the proposal appear on the ballot in November 2018.

 

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Serving It Right

COULD YOUR BARTENDER BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR DUI?

 

Bars and advertisements for alcoholic products often encourage people to “drink responsibly,” but in some cases, the establishments, restaurants, or bartenders serving these drinks may be at least partially liable for a patron’s alcohol-related injury or death. Under certain circumstances, bars can—and should—be held responsible for over-serving patrons.

Many states have “dram shop” laws (named after an 18th century term for pubs or taverns). These laws are enforced through civil lawsuits, allowing DUI victims or their families to sue alcohol vendors or retailers for monetary damages.

It’s difficult sometimes to know when exactly a bar may be liable. Here are a few examples of when an establishment could be responsible for your case:

 

WHEN A BARTENDER CONTINUES SERVING A PATRON IN SPITE OF OBVIOUS INTOXICATION

A bar may be liable for over-serving if a bartender continues to serve drinks to a patron who is very clearly intoxicated to the point that he or she may be a danger to themselves or others. If, for example, a customer is slurring their speech, acting confused, or having trouble standing up and walking, a bartender should make the decision to stop serving drinks to that patron. If the bartender continues giving that person drinks, they are knowingly increasing the chances of an accident, especially if the patron is planning on driving home from the bar.

 

WHEN AN OVER-SERVED BAR PATRON CAUSES A CAR ACCIDENT

It is possible for a bar to be found liable for injuries or deaths caused by a drunk customer who drove, especially if a bartender was aware or could reasonably have inferred that the patron was planning to drive home.

 

PROVING THAT A BAR IS AT-FAULT FOR OVER-SERVING

As previously mentioned, it can be challenging to prove fault even if you believe that a bar’s staff should be held responsible for an accident that resulted from their over-serving a patron. Not only do you have to prove that the intoxicated patron was under the age of 21 or had a habitual alcohol addiction, you have to prove that the bar staff knew the person was intoxicated and continued serving them anyways.

Bartenders might argue that they only served a patron a couple drinks, but that the patron had been drinking before coming to the bar, was drinking on an empty stomach, or had a low tolerance for alcohol. If the bar staff can prove that they could not reasonably be expected to know a patron was drunk, the bar will most likely not be held liable for any accidents or injuries resulting from that patron’s drunkenness.

 

However, that does not mean that you should just sit back if you’ve been harmed or have lost a loved one due to a bar staff’s inexperience or negligence. If you believe that you may have a case against a bar, talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about how you can prove fault.

If you’re still trying to determine whether a bar may be liable in your case, call Truskett Law to learn more.

 

Truskett Law is committed to keeping our community safe and healthy. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car wreck, we are here to help. We give free consultations for injuries, car wrecks and wrongful deaths.

Give us a call at (918) 392-5444