If someone you love is killed in a car accident, there are many things that will go through your mind. You may be in charge of a funeral, have to focus on financial concerns or suddenly find yourself shouldered with medical bills. You know that the person responsible for the crash should have insurance and that the insurance should cover any expenses caused by your loved one’s death. However, did you know that you may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against third parties such as the city for damaged roadways or 911 operators for failing to give a driver accurate instructions?
That’s what’s happening in this case, where a mother has decided to file a wrongful death lawsuit that could affect several parties. The mother of a student killed in a crash has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the drivers who have been charged with the teen’s death. The teen, only 16 at the time of his death, was killed when his family’s vehicle was struck by a northbound SUV and Audi A6 as they raced through a red light at the intersection. The teen was killed, and his father was seriously wounded.
The driver of the SUV stopped at the scene. He, a 22-year-old man, faces up to nine years in prison for gross vehicular manslaughter. The other man, 29, fled the scene of the accident. He now faces up to 12 years in prison. Another issue in this case is that the two men facing charges had been in a collision just moments before the second, fatal crash. The deputy on the line with the man in the SUV did not ask him to pull over or to avoid chasing the other driver. As a result of this alleged negligence, the mother of the deceased has decided to sue the 911 operator as well. She believes that the negligence of the operator contributed to the collision.
Source: Daily Breeze, “Mother of South High baseball star killed in crash files wrongful death lawsuit,” Megan Barnes, April 05, 2018