When actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were killed in a fiery one-car accident on November 30, 2013, his daughter Meadow was left fatherless. Meadow’s lawyers filed a lawsuit saying that, “Meadow will … fight to hold Porsche accountable for selling a defective product that kills.” They argued that the manufacturer failed to provide safety features in the car which “could have prevented that accident or, at a minimum, allowed Walker to survive the crash.”
Meadow’s attorneys have also just filed new documents stating that Porsche had “redacted damaging emails” during the discovery phase of the suit – emails which, her attorneys argue, would have supported the wrongful death assertions. The case is ongoing.
Has Something Similar Happened to You?
Has someone else’s negligence caused the death of someone YOU love? You have rights. Let an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney handle your wrongful death case.
What is “Wrongful Death”?
In California, “wrongful death” is any death that happens as a result of someone else’s negligence. To win, you need the services of an experienced Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer.
Receive Justice for Your Loved One’s Death – Even If You’re Not Famous
Even though winning a wrongful death lawsuit can’t bring a loved one back, it can make sure the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions, and compensate you financially for your loss. Your Los Angeles personal injury attorney is there with you every step of the way, supporting you.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
You should retain the services of a Los Angeles injury attorney immediately if you are the spouse, domestic partner, or child of the deceased person. Your Los Angeles personal injury attorney will then file a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf.
Your injury attorney may also file a wrongful death lawsuit if you are “entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession.” That is, if you are the deceased’s parent(s), sibling(s), or other relative to the deceased, you may qualify.
Finally, if you if you were the “putative spouse” or children of the putative spouse, or stepchild of the deceased and can show you were financially dependent, your attorney can bring a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf.
Compensation for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Money might be the last thing on your mind, but the financial compensation you receive from a wrongful death lawsuit may include monies to cover or help compensate for:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical bills and related expenses (emergency services, ambulance bills) accrued subsequent to the accident
- Loss of income and future income your loved one would have earned
- Loss of consortium and companionship
- Loss of financial or household support
We Can Help
If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you need the services of an experienced personal injury attorney. We offer free consultations for an initial review of your case. Call us at 323-732-7363, or contact us online today.
A school bus recently crashed into several vehicles in South Los Angeles. Surveillance video shows a violent collision between the bus and multiple cars at 6:30 a.m. on the 1300 block of West 66th Street.
About the Accident
The surveillance video begins with a white vehicle stopped at the intersection. The driver of the white vehicle turns left onto Normandie Avenue. An SUV swerves to avoid a collision with the white vehicle. The driver of the SUV loses control, crosses a double yellow line, and collides with the bus.
The bus then hits two unoccupied parked vehicles: a 1993 Toyota and a 1984 Chevrolet sedan. The bus drags the Chevrolet along West 66th street for upwards of 50 feet until colliding with a wood utility pole. The accident resulted in the bus ending up on the sidewalk, partially on top of another vehicle and partially positioned against a utility pole. The bus completely crushed another vehicle.
The white sport utility vehicle and the other parked car that endured damage were towed from the accident scene. Los Angeles police are searching for the driver of the white vehicle that caused the accident but failed to stop following the impact.
If the driver is found and arrested, it will be possible for the injured parties to file a personal injury lawsuit against him. An alliance with a skilled personal injury attorney would allow the victims to focus on recuperating their injuries and returning to work while the legal hurdles are handled on their behalf.
The Parties Involved
The fully crushed vehicle is owned by Deon Jones. Thankfully, he was in his home when the accident occurred. The bus was occupied by the driver as well as seven teenage passengers at the time of the accident. The bus windows were broken yet the students avoided serious injury. One of the passengers, a young girl, hit her head against the window and the bus seat. Four of the passengers reported experiencing pain as a result of the collision. They were sent home with their parents.
In terms of injuries, Los Angeles police noted one of the drivers of the vehicles involved in the crash and the school bus driver were sent to a local hospital for treatment. Both individuals complained of severe pain. Details pertaining to the extent of the bus driver’s injuries were not released. The other driver transported to the hospital suffered numerous injuries. However, none of these injuries threatened his life.
A Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Will Help Navigate the Legal Maze
The aftermath of an auto wreck or any other personal injury incident is awfully difficult. The victim must obtain medical treatment for his injuries, attempt to return to work and determine the best course of legal action.
A Los Angeles personal injury attorney can make this process much easier. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident of any sort, reach out to us today. You can schedule a free consultation with our office by dialing (323) REAR-END.
Illinois has survived another winter. A look at the calendar confirms that spring has arrived, which means that the warm weather will be arriving soon. And warmer weather means that motorcycle enthusiasts will soon be breaking their bikes out of winter storage and taking to the roads again.
But along with that increase in motorcyclists on the road comes the increase in the number of fatal motorcycle accidents that happen every year.
According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), motorcycle drivers and their passengers are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than people who are in other types of vehicles. Motorcycles offer no protection at all to riders if they are involved in a crash with a vehicle. This is why it is crucial to practice safe ride habits.
As any good Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer will tell you, a good rule for motorcyclists to follow is to always drive defensively when they are on their bike. Stay observant and alert, and always try to anticipate what other drivers around you are going to do. Always leave enough space between you and the other vehicles in the event you need to unexpectedly stop or slow down.
Wearing the right riding gear is also important when driving a motorcycle. Although Chicago has no required helmet law, studies show that riders who do wear helmets are three times more likely to suffer brain injuries in the event of a crash. Not wearing a helmet also leaves you with a 40 percent more risk of suffering a fatal head injury if you are in a motorcycle accident.
Wearing protective jackets, pants, boots, and gloves will also protect your body from road rash and burns if you crash. Also, make sure you are wearing reflective gear if you are riding at night.
It is not just motorcycle drivers who should practice safe driving behaviors to help avoid motorcycle accidents. Other vehicle drivers should also be aware that they need to watch out for motorcycles on the road, especially with warmer temperatures arriving.
If you are driving near a motorcycle in and around Chicago, make sure you leave plenty of space between you and the bike. If you are changing lanes, make sure to check your blind spot to ensure there is not a bike in the lane area you are about to drive into.
If you are making a turn, make sure there is not a motorcycle coming into your path or that there are not motorcycles traveling beside you on the side you are about to turn.
Many people may think that the majority of car accidents in the Las Vegas area happen when drivers are traveling on the road, away from home, in unfamiliar areas.
Although this may be true in some cases, survey after survey reveal that the most car accidents happen within five minutes or less of a driver’s home.
Approximately one-third of all car crashes occur between one and five miles of where the driver lives. The most common type of collision that happens within this radius is drivers hitting parked cars.
Other types of common collisions are drivers crashing when they are driving on side or secondary roads, and drivers putting their vehicles in reverse and hitting walls or fences.
Most of the research that has been done has concluded that the reason why so many accidents take place near home is that there is a comfort zone associated with driving in your own neighborhood. Many drivers become complacent in practicing safe driving behaviors because they feel like they know the area so well.
It is similar to having the brain on “auto-pilot” and they do not fully focus on their driving as they would if they were driving farther away from home.
As experienced Las Vegas car accident attorneys can attest, driving in your neighborhood – or other areas that are very familiar – can trigger drivers to rely more on muscle memory instead of being fully cognizant of what is taking place on the streets around them.
Not only do many Las Vegas drivers fail to stay fully alert to the road around them, they often also fail to wear their seatbelts when they are driving close to home, especially if they are only going for short drives in their neighborhood, and use this as justification.
Looking at these statistics, however, proves that it is just as important to buckle up no matter how short or far a distance you are planning to drive.
Although no amount of financial compensation can ever make up for the wrongful death of a loved one, Nevada, like most states, has tort law in place which allows the family of victims to sue the party or parties that have been deemed responsible for the death of their loved one.
Under Nevada Revised Statutes section 41.085, a wrongful death claim is defined as a civil remedy when the intentional, reckless, or negligent conduct of one party causes the death of another person.
In other words, it is a personal injury claim that the victim could have brought forward had they survived, but must now be pursued by someone else because the victim is no longer alive to do so.
There are certain criteria a wrongful death claim must meet under Nevada law. One of the most critical is the statute of limitations. The suit must be filed within two years of the victim’s death.
This is why it is crucial to consult with a Las Vegas wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to ensure that the time does not expire.
In order to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a victim, the plaintiff must be:
- A representative of the victim’s estate;
- The spouse, domestic partner, or a child of the victim; or
- The victim’s parents, if there is no surviving spouse or children.
Nevada law allows plaintiffs of wrongful death cases to seek two different types of damages, special damages, and punitive damages.
Special damages are those damages which the victim, their estate, and/or their family members have actually suffered due to the victim’s death. These damages can include:
- Funeral and burial expenses;
- Medical expenses as the result of the victim’s injuries;
- Property damage that happened as a result of the incident or incidents which caused the victim’s death;
- Lost wages and benefits. These losses can also include the amounts the victims would have received had they survived;
- Loss of companionship, care, and affection the victim’s loved ones have suffered; and
- The loss of benefits for the victim’s heirs.
Punitive damages may be available in certain Las Vegas wrongful death cases. The court may award punitive damages to the plaintiff as punishment for the defendant’s reckless or intentional behavior that caused the victim’s death.
Often when courts award punitive damages, it is to send a message to the defendant and society that these behaviors will not be tolerated.