On May 1, it was announced that a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against former Olympian Bruce Jenner. Jenner was accused of causing a car accident in California that left a 69-year-old woman dead.
In the accident, which occurred on Feb. 7, Jenner was driving a Cadillac Escalade while hauling an off-road vehicle on a trailer when he attempted to steer around vehicles that had slowed down in front of him. He collided with a Prius that was directly in front of him. The impact from this collision caused the Prius to be pushed into a Lexus, which was being driven by the 69-year-old woman. The Lexus was pushed into oncoming traffic, where it was struck by a Hummer.
The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the woman's two step-children, who claimed that they sustained serious damages. The amount of compensation they were seeking was not known. It was argued that that Jenner was driving negligently, which allegedly resulted in the crash, though videos of the incident reportedly showed that Jenner was not using a cellphone at the time the incident occurred. Jenner was not charged in the incident.
Car accidents can cause the death of a loved one. If a family looses their loved one in a crash that was caused by a negligent driver, they may potentially have the ability to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. Usually, this claim allows the remaining family members to seek compensation for their loss, which could potentially include the cost of a funeral, lost income and, depending on the family member's relationship to the deceased person, loss of inheritance.
Source: FOX News, "Bruce Jenner being sued for wrongful death in fatal traffic accident", 05/01/2015
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