Wrongful death refers to a claim by a plaintiff (not the victim) who seeks to recover damages for the unjust death of another caused by someone's negligent, reckless or intentional acts. There are no specific guidelines that dictate the means of death; however, wrongful death tort claims frequently occur in several circumstances:
- Medical malpractice, especially errors in surgery, diagnosis and/or prescriptions;
- Product defects;
- Automobile accidents, including truck and pedestrian accidents;
- Criminal acts such as murder, physical abuse or neglect.
Clayton County wrongful death attorney Shane Smith represents families who have lost loved ones in auto accidents, truck accidents, DUI accidents, pedestrian accidents or serious premises liability accidents.
Toyota reached a settlement with the families of two people who were killed when the Prius they were riding in continued accelerating. The man and his son's fiancé were killed when the Prius struck a wall; the son and his mother were also injured in the accident. An investigation into the crash revealed the vehicle's accelerator was jammed. This report led to a nationwide recall of Toyota vehicles and reports of similar faulty acceleration accidents. Additional lawsuits were filed against Toyota.
The settlement does not affect the other lawsuits. Toyota released a statement that it intended to defend itself at trial in some of the lawsuits. Other wrongful death suits were likely to settle.
If a death is caused by the negligence of another then the decedents' families may be entitled to legal relief through a wrongful death lawsuit. If an investigation proves that negligence on the part of the vehicle manufacturer was to blame then there may be grounds for the victims' families to file wrongful death claims.
You should hire an experienced Clayton County wrongful death attorney if you will file a lawsuit on behalf of a family member who died due to another's negligence. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation.