Whose Fault?

I try to write only when I am in a good mood. It keeps my stories from becoming too cynical, depressing or angry. With the amount of news I consume through TV and various online news sites, it is a wonder I can write “happy” at all.

Such was the cause of my latest hiatus.

In late April, 29-year-old St Louis Cardinals pitcher, Josh Hancock, was killed while driving home from a bar he stopped at after a game. When he ran his SUV into the tow truck assisting a broken down motorist, his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, he was speeding, using a cell phone and was not wearing his seat belt. Marijuana also was found in the SUV.

I am not a parent, and as such, never had to suffer the tragedy of losing a child. I am sure that the grief is overwhelming. And grief can make people exhibit strange behavior.

Josh Hancock’s father, Dean, in his grief, has decided to sue. He is suing the bar, the tow truck company and the man whose car broke down.

Lawsuits have their place, especially when trying to get parties to accept responsibility for their actions, but the filing of this lawsuit places the blame on everyone except the responsible party.

In his lawsuit, Mr Hancock is claiming the restaurant provided drinks to his son.

The suit also names the driver of the stalled car, who stalled after spinning out avoiding a car who cut him off. The suit claims he did not maintain his vehicle properly to avoid stalling.

The third party in the lawsuit is the tow truck driver, for failing to get the stalled car out of the way fast enough.

So I guess, in the future, bars should not serve drinks to already drunk, college-educated, adult aged, professional athletes because the road home might not be clear of tow trucks or stalled vehicles for an alcohol drinking, pot smoking, non-seat belt wearing, cell phone talking, speeding, pitcher to get home safely.

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6 Responses to Whose Fault?

  1. Karen says:

    New York Times…here she comes! BRAVO! I am a faithful Mikki blog-reader. I am PROUD of you for this one. Dare I say Pulitzer?

  2. Laura says:

    Arg.

    Yes, there are times when lawsuits are reasonable. But suing all those people won’t bring his son back to life. Even if it did, he’s probably just do it again. And next time he might take others with him.

    Stories like that make me proud of my aunt and uncle when my cousin Jim, their only child, died on his way to work as a result of an accident. And they did nothing. Other than grieve. Then they got on with their lives. With dignity.

    Arg.

  3. Mikki says:

    Karen – Ha! Pulitzer! More like Putz! I just write ’em as I see ’em!

    Laura – The week before he died, he was involved in another substance induced accident. Fortunately, no one was injured in that accident. The sense of entitlement the Mr’s Hancock feel they are owed is what gets me.

  4. Ant says:

    Mr Hancock should quit smoking his son’s pot…On the flip side, Bars should have some accountability.

    The infamous Ms Lohan is repeatedly drunk and crashing her Mercedes (poor thing), last time I checked she is under 21 and she not be served drinks.

    Should Lindsay actual hurt someone innocent I could understand the victim suing the bar that provided the drinks, as well as Ms Lohan.

    Maybe the justice system will be used by the appropraite enforcing agency and Ms Lohan could join Brittany behind bars (the ones that don’t serve drinks)

    Another hooked happy reader – when is the book coming out?

  5. Mikki says:

    Ant – I don’t agree with the bar requiring accountability. They should be held accountable for the same stuff other businesses are.

    If the alcohol is tainted with paint thinner, for instance, or if a patron slips on a wet floor, fine. But a bar should not be responsible for the drinkers conscience, or lack thereof.

    The responsibility should be directly on the shoulders of the party responsible. I do believe that there is adequate information on not only the hazards of drinking, the impairment it causes, as well as the consequences of too much alcohol.

    The book is being written as we speak…

  6. Laura says:

    See? He’d just do it again. That gets me, too. C’mon people. Take some responsibility for your own actions.

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