Motorcyclist wins $7 million car accident lawsuit against drunk driver’s insurers

Donn Potteiger, a King County Sheriff’s deputy who lost his leg and sustained other serious injuries after he was in a motorcycle accident caused by a drunk driver, received a $7 million settlement from the insurers of the bar that served the drunk driver and the company that employed him.

According to a report in The Seattle Times, Potteiger was driving his motorcycle home after work in 2007 when he was hit by a pickup driven by Roberto Cedeno. The accident occurred on Northeast Bothell way in Kenmore.

Cedeno’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.31 percent at the time of the accident. In Washington state, the legal limit is 0.08% BAC. Cedeno pleaded guilty to Vehicular Assault and served 18 months in prison.

Potteiger filed a motorcycle accident lawsuit against the Cozy Inn Tavern and the bartender who served Cedeno. A dram shop claim allows that a bar or restaurant can be found negligent if an obviously intoxicated patron was served. In the settlement, the insurer for the tavern agreed to pay Potteiger $1 million.

The lawsuit also made a claim against Cedeno’s employer’s insurance since he was driving a company truck at the time of the accident. The company’s insurance company will pay Potteiger $1 million on the truck insurance and $5 million in coverage for any acts of a negligent driver of the truck. In addition, Cedeno’s personal auto insurance policy will pay Potteiger $125,000.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent victims of drunken drivers and their families. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages including pain and suffering.

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