It goes without saying that losing a loved one in South Carolina can alter one’s life dramatically. This is especially true when kids lose a parent. Should both parents of young children die simultaneously, then the kids may likely never be the same again.
It thus becomes understandable that those left to care for kids in either of the aforementioned scenarios may want to take legal action to help compensate for such a loss (especially when another’s reckless action may be at fault). Such action typically takes the form of a wrongful death lawsuit.
California woman (and her parents) face wrongful death lawsuit
The Los Angeles Times reports that the representatives of three young children in California recently undertook such an action on their behalf. Both parents of the children recently died in a car accident (the kids were also in the vehicle at the time). The woman blamed for causing the crash reportedly ran a red light in her Range Rover and struck the family’s Nissan Versa. Subsequent tests revealed indicated intoxication, leading law enforcement officials to charge her with murder, DUI and hit-and-run.
Holding all parties responsible for an accident
The lawsuit mentioned above also names the woman’s parents as defendants due to them knowing of her propensity to drive while drunk (she had two prior incidences of DUI on her record). In cases where a habitually dangerous driver causes an accident, those who entrusted them with a vehicle (or in some cases, allowed them to drive at all) may also face liability. Assigning such liability to multiple parties in a single case can be difficult; those looking to do so may increase their chances of success in such an endeavor by securing a reliable source of legal advice and assistance.