Ohioans who are fans of the "Fast & Furious" movie series may be interested to learn that the late actor Paul Walker's dad, who is the executor of his estate, recently filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against Porsche. Porsche is the manufacturer of the car in which Mr. Walker was riding at the time of his accident and death.
Ohio NASCAR racing fans may be shocked to learn that, on Aug. 7, former driver Kevin Ward Jr.'s family filed a wrongful death claim against fellow driver Tony Steward. According to the lawsuit, the Ward family stated that Stewart was responsible for Wards death at the Empire Super Sprints race in 2014.
Police in Ohio may press charges against an 18-year-old woman in connection with a Feb. 26 accident that resulted in the deaths of two people. Investigators said that they believed that speed played a role in the single-car accident.
A 29-year-old passenger of a car died when the driver rear-ended a semi-truck on I-70 East near Route 4 on Sept. 5. Traffic was stopped ahead of them, and the semi-truck began to slow down. According to witnesses, the driver of the car did not appear to brake at all before slamming into the back of the semi-trailer.
Police report that an accident involving a single golf car in Wayne County on the morning of Aug. 30 left the front-seat passenger, a 49-year-old man, dead at the scene of the accident. The driver and another passenger were taken to Wooster Community Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that a multi-vehicle crash in Clearcreek Township at about 2 p.m. on July 22 claimed the lives of two individuals. Two other people involved in the fatal accident were injured.
A crash in Akron on June 8 left one person dead. The one-car accident happened near the area where Wildwood Avenue intersects with Peckham Street at approximately 2:30 a.m. Police believe that alcohol was a contributing factor in the wreck, but authorities have not filed any charges at this time.
Wrongful death lawsuits are often associated with simple mistakes that lead to fatal consequences. However, sometimes the victim’s death is anything but an accident. Take, for instance, a recent tragic Ohio case in which the families of three students shot to death in a high school cafeteria settled their claims against the family of the young man who killed their children.
Anyone who has had to cope with the death of a loved one in a car accident understands the sense of helplessness and grief that follows the tragedy. But when the death is one of a pattern caused by defects known to the manufacturer, the term accident can seem to some as being used loosely.
A Cleveland area jury recently awarded $39 million in a lawsuit for the death of a construction inspector who was killed in 2010 on I-271 while working on a highway repaving project.