Articles Tagged with Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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Auto-truck accidents can be serious or deadly for the occupants of the vehicle because of the large weight differential between the auto and the truck.

The driver of a 2000 Ford Taurus slowed down and stopped at a traffic light when the vehicle was rear-ended by a Freightliner tractor-trailer, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol. Both drivers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The child was airlifted to the hospital, where he died a short time later. Both drivers had been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, and the child was securely fastened in a booster seat.

Any charges would be pending the results of the investigation. Police have stated that they do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors.

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In a freak accident at the U.S. Capital building, a tree branch fell killing a man who was working on the property.

On April 18th, the victim was working on an irrigation pipe when a branch from an American elm tree broke free and fell onto him. The tree split at the trunk with a four foot diameter section tipping at ground level next to the sidewalk, according to a report. The section of the tree is between 30 and 40 feet in length.

The man was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

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After tearful testimony, a Virginia Beach man was sentenced for killing a woman in DUI crash.

In April 2016, a 23-year-old woman preparing to complete her first year of medical school lost her life to a drunk driver. Last month, the negligent driver was sentenced to 6 years in prison, and he will remain on probation once released.

Police said the 39-year-old man was driving a Toyota RAV4 when he rear-ended a Dodge Caravan stopped at a red light. The impact pushed the van into a car. Three people in the minivan, including the young woman were taken to the hospital. The woman died a short time later. The driver of the van and the rear-seat passenger were treated and released. The driver of the SUV was treated for minor injuries, while the driver of the car refused medical treatment.

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Guardrails must be properly constructed, meet any safety specifications, be installed properly, and serve as an adequate barrier between lanes and the sides of roads. They may not prevent an auto accident, but they will usually minimize the severity of injuries. Yet, several lawsuits in recent years, claim otherwise.

An Overland Park, Kansas man was killed after his truck left the roadway, hitting a guardrail that sliced through the vehicle. He was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced died at the scene. Investigators determined that the man was wearing a seat belt at the time, but the force of impact apparently caused him to break free of the restraints.

Serious injuries or death in an auto accident can leave the victim and his/her family with serious medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, income loss, and other expenses. There is no reason why a victim should bear the burden of all this without holding the responsible parties liable.

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In February, four people were killed and one critically injured in a three-vehicle crash in Des Plaines, Illinois.

At the time of the fatal crash, police said the driver of a Mercedes was traveling in excess of 100 mph when he slammed into a Chevy Impala as it was turning in to a parking lot. The impact sent the Impala spinning nearly 200 feet, crashing into a Toyota Highlander. The impact was so severe nearly four feet of the front of the car was blown apart, according to reports. A couple and their 20-year-old daughter inside the Impala were killed. The couple leaves behind a 10-year-old son and a 15-year-old daughter. The driver of the Mercedes was also killed in the crash; his passenger survived with a traumatic brain injury. Two people in the Toyota suffered minor injuries.

An investigation later revealed that the Mercedes driver was actually driving 135 mph, and toxicology results showed he had a blood alcohol content almost three-times the legal limit. It was also determined that he had received at least nine tickets for speeding and other offenses in the past five years. Despite his license being suspended four times, he managed to narrowly avoid automatic revocation.

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The parents of a University of Missouri student who died two weeks after falling at least two stories from a balcony have reached a $5 million settlement with the property owners.

According to the wrongful death lawsuit, the 19-year-old fell after he leaned against an unsafe second-floor balcony during a party in December 2014. He was found unconscious on the ground directly underneath the balcony. There was no medical evidence of intoxication.

In the lawsuit, the family alleged that the defendants were aware the balcony was defective, but intentionally failed to make repairs because the property was going to be demolished in the near future to make way for a new student housing complex.

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Last April, a 24-year-old woman decided to drink and drive. After hitting a pedestrian, she then chose to leave the scene of the accident. When she was later apprehended, the woman chose to lie about the crash.

On April 10, 2016, the woman crashed her vehicle into the east side of a concrete barrier, according to police. She then hit a 21-year-old young man who was hiking along the shoulder of Interstate 229 when he was struck and killed by a Ford Fusion. As the woman continued driving, she crashed into the west side of the concrete barrier, at which time the pedestrian was thrown from the vehicle and hurled over the wall. The driver then fled the scene on foot. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

When the woman was found a short time later, she told police that she had been a passenger in the car and an unknown male had been driving. However, investigators found only the driver’s airbag deployed, the woman’s blood was found there, and she had the car keys. Yet, the woman maintained her lies throughout the investigation, according to reports.

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Two young women are dead after a three-vehicle crash on I-81 in Wythe County, Virginia.

According to Virginia State Police, a Honda Insight was traveling south on I-81 when it crossed the median, slamming into a Honda Civic head-on. The force of impact caused the Insight to spin around before it was struck by a pickup truck.

The driver of the Honda Insight was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. She was not wearing a seatbelt. A passenger in the Civic was also pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Civic was flown to an area hospital for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. The driver and passenger in the Civic were both wearing seatbelts. The driver of the pickup truck and three passengers were treated for minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation at this time.

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Tiredness and fatigue can often affect one’s driving long before it is noticeable. In such cases, accidents are often more serious because reaction times are delayed or the driver fails to react at all. When a tractor trailer is involved, the results are even more devastating due to the weight and size of the truck. If a trucker drives beyond the regulated hours and fatigue sets in or he falls asleep behind the wheel, the driver and the trucking company may be liable for the accident.

A West Virginia woman filed a lawsuit against a commercial motor carrier and one of its drivers, alleging negligence resulted in the death of her husband.

According to the lawsuit, the commercial truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel, lost control, and struck the victim’s car. The plaintiff also alleges that the defendants failed to properly and adequately inspect the truck to ensure that the tires were safe and negligently placed the truck into service even when the treads were excessively worn. She seeks a trial by jury and compensation medical, funeral and burial expenses, lost earnings and loss of companionship.

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An investigation is ongoing in a deadly crash involving a tractor-trailer that struck a 1997 Toyota sedan on the Cross Bronx Expressway early in the morning of March 27. The truck driver fled the scene, but was later apprehended at a rest stop in Ridgefield, New Jersey. Authorities administered a breathalyzer test which confirmed he was legally drunk. He was taken into custody and charged with a commercial driver DUI. Criminal charges against the truck driver are expected in both New York and New Jersey.

The 25-year-old driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene; two women in the car with him were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Both are expected to survive.

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