Thursday, May 24, 2007

This Lawsuit Won't Get Far. Hopefully.

So, let me see if I have this right: The family of St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Josh Hancock is suing the restaurant that gave him drinks the night he died in a car accident, alleging that the restaurant is responsible.

This has to be about the dumbest thing I've heard in quite some time.

Consider the facts:

Authorities said the 29-year pitcher had a blood content of nearly twice the legal limit for alcohol in his system when he crashed into the back of the tow truck. He was also speeding, using a cell phone and wasn't wearing a seat belt, Police Chief Joe Mokwa said after the accident. Marijuana also was found in the SUV.
I'm not even a casual drinker anymore, but I think it's silly to hold a restaurant responsible for the death of a 29 year old man who should know his limits. This isn't exactly like adults holding drinking parties for teens. That's an entirely different level of liability. And stupidity.

Curiously not named in the lawsuit: The weed man who supplied Hancock with his postgame stash. I guess it's harder to slap these sorts of people with lawsuits, considering how, well, weed is somewhat illegal. They also don't happen to pay well in the event that you do win. Not that I'd know of course.

Lawsuits like this are the very reason that so many people dislike and distrust attorneys. I've got a few very good, very ethical lawyers in my family. I'm sure they wince when they read this sorta stuff.

The Hancock's apparently missed the two following items in the Ballers Handbook.

Essential BallPlayer Accessory #192 : Weed Carrier
Essential BallPlayer Accessory #193 : Fulltime Auto Detailer & Designated Driver

No disrespect intended for the dead, but the Hancock family should really let this one go.

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