Skip to main content

Are you a legal professional? Visit our professional site

Search for legal issues
For help near (city, ZIP code or county)
Please enter a legal issue and/or a location

Beer Pong 'Winner' Tries to Sue Bar After Getting Run Over

Article Placeholder Image
By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on February 07, 2012 9:03 AM

New Jersey man Alan Berger is a beer pong winner. He beat out numerous competitors at a bar called Wicked Willy's in June 2009.

Unfortunately, his victory came at a price. And now he's suing the bar where the festivities took place.

Berger took a bus home after his beer pong win. But he was so drunk that he ended up getting hit by a car on Highway 9. Berger suffered numerous injuries. He broke his hip, leg, and foot. He sustained tears on his knees. His liver was lacerated.

A local hospital later determined that his blood-alcohol level was about four times the legal driving limit.

Berger sued Wicked Willy's. He sought damages to compensate him for his injuries, and for his pain and mental anguish.

For those unfamiliar with beer pong, it's a drinking game. Ping pong balls and a long table are needed. Participants bounce the ping pong ball into cups containing beer. If a ball lands in a cup, your opponent is forced to drink the booze.

It's probably prudent to say that one can get very, very drunk off of beer pong. If you lose, that is. It's strange that Berger was so inebriated if he won.

Whatever the case, Berger sued. He claims that the bar should have made more of an effort to monitor patrons.

Instead, they didn't. As a result he was given unlimited access to beer, which ultimately led to his accident.

Unfortunately for Berger, his suit didn't hold up in court. A judge tossed the case, reports The New York Post. The court reasoned that beer pong participants undertake the activity at their own risk. And Berger willingly signed himself up to play.

Beer pong winner Alan Berger is hoping the judge will reconsider her decision. But let this be a lesson for all you would-be participants: drink responsibly, even if you don't plan on driving after.

Related Resources:

Find a Lawyer

More Options