A settlement was reached last month in a lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Ala., for the wrongful death of Natalie Baine, a student at the time at The University of Alabama. Ms. Baine was killed in an automobile crash on Jan. 8, 2013, when the car she was riding in collided with a charter bus and another vehicle. The driver of the vehicle in which Ms. Baine was riding was too fatigued to drive, but did so anyway, with tragic results. The details of the settlement are confidential, at the request of the Defendants.
Our firm continues to mourn with our clients over the loss of their daughter. Natalie’s parents wanted this lawsuit to help prevent this sort of thing from ever happening to anyone again by getting the word out about the dangers of fatigued driving. As we have learned in litigation over the years, fatigue is every bit as dangerous as drunk driving. The problem is made worse when what little sleep you do have is impaired by alcohol. The world needs to know how important it is to get quality rest prior to driving any motor vehicle. We promised this family that we would help them through the hardest time in their lives.
The occupants of the vehicle in which Natalie was a passenger were returning from the Alabama v. Notre Dame National Championship game in Miami, Fla., which was held on the night of Jan. 7, 2013. After the game, the driver and the owner of the vehicle stayed up late partying and celebrating the win at a bar in South Beach before waking up on the morning of Jan. 8 to drive home. In fact, the two young men had been drinking and getting very little sleep for the entire time they were in Miami. Chris Glover, a lawyer in our firm’s Personal Injury/Products Liability Section, was the lead lawyer in the case for the Baine’s family.
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