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Chicago Drink Manufacturer Named in Car Crash Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Blog readers know that many Chicago car accident lawsuits are filed by the surviving family members of those who have been killed in a crash. Just as third-parties are often capable of suing on behalf of their loved ones, the specific entities that may be named as defendants in those suits are often much more varied that some suspect possible. In the end, the law is flexible in that it seeks to hold all negligent parties responsible for their actions which cause harm to others.

For example, the Chicago Tribune reported on Friday of a new wrongful death lawsuit that has been filed against the Chicago-based beverage company which produces a drink known as Four Loco. The family of a 15-year old Washington D.C. teen filed the suit against Phusion Projects-the maker of the drink-following the death of their son in a road accident last September.

The drink contains a very high amount of alcohol combined with caffeine, creating a potent mix for many drinkers. The victim in this case drank two of the beverages at a tailgating event for a concert. After returning home the teen became disoriented and was struck by a car on a highway near his house. He died the following day from his injuries.

The suit claims that the company was careless in creating the product which they report “desensitizes users to the symptoms of intoxication and increases the potential for alcohol-related harm.” The plaintiffs are also claiming that the drinks are marketed to college-age and underage individuals, increasing the risk of abuse.

Our Chicago car crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti understand the often complex factors that contribute to many accidents on and near our roadways. Fortunately, our laws have long maintained a flexibility that allows truth-seekers to hear a variety of information relating to acts by various individuals and businesses which contribute to losses. In that way all those who are negligent can be held accountable for their conduct.

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