In Georgia and elsewhere, a loved one’s death may be one of the most challenging times in a person’s life. Understandably, a person’s grief may be even greater knowing that the loved one’s death resulted due to the negligent acts of another. Sometimes, family members of the deceased may choose to file a wrongful death suit against those whose actions resulted in the death of their loved one for the unexpected medical and funeral bills or loss of income. Recently, a large automobile manufacturer settled a case involving a fatal accident.
Toyota and the family members of two deceased people have reached a settlement agreement in a wrongful death lawsuit. In 2010, a man and his son’s fiancée were killed after their Toyota Camry hit a wall. The man’s wife and son also were injured in the accident. According to reports, the Toyota Camry abruptly accelerated. The driver attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle crashed into a stop sign and went through an intersection before it smashed into the wall. A report from the Utah High Patrol, which included witness statements, found that the vehicle’s gas pedal was jammed. The specific details of the settlement were not released.
Family members of those who have been killed as a result of another person’s negligence or misconduct may be eligible to bring a wrongful death action against that person. The family members, who are the plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit, must prove that their loved one died as a result the defendant’s actions or intentional misconduct, that the plaintiffs suffered monetary losses because of their loved one’s death and that a personal representative has been appointed on behalf of their loved one’s estate.
Grieving the loss of a loved one is always difficult, especially when it was caused by another person’s negligence. However, a wrongful death suit may provide a sense of closure and some peace for the grieving family members.
Source: WTVM, “Toyota settles bellwether wrongful death lawsuit,” Andrew Dalton, Jan. 17, 2013