Parents of Victim File Suit Against Teen and His Parents
Posted on June 1st, 2009 by Zane Cagle
The plaintiffs filed a wrongful death lawsuit this week against a teenager and his parents over the death of their daughter in a November 2008 auto accident in which the teen was driving.
The wrongful death lawsuit alleges the defendant drove recklessly, and his parents were negligent in allowing their son to borrow their vehicle, despite knowing he was an unsafe driver.
At the time of the crash, the defendant was only 16 years old and therefore had a limited driver’s license, which prohibited him from having any passengers in his car other than an adult relative. Furthermore, he had just received a speeding ticket for driving 48 mph in a 25 mph zone only months before. Despite all of this, the suit alleges that the teen’s parents allowed him to borrow their pickup truck knowing that he was unfit to safely operate the vehicle.
Police reports indicate the defendant was driving under the influence of alcohol and was driving 62 mph in a 25 mph zone when he lost control of the truck causing it to roll. Of the three paxil drug people in the car, the plaintiffs’ daughter was killed and one other teen was injured.
The defendant pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in February and sentenced to 6 months in youth detention. He also lost his license until age 21 and will have to complete 500 hours of community service educating youth on the danger of speeding.
The plaintiffs’ attorney stated that due to the defendant’s criminal conviction in the case, the court has all the evidence necessary to impose civil liability as well. The suit seeks unspecified damages that include punitive damages on behalf of the victim and her parents.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death among teens, largely due to reckless or negligent behavior on behalf of the driver. If you have lost a loved one or were injured in a car accident because of another person’s actions, you may be entitled to legal compensation. Contact Zane T. Cagle Today, a knowledgeable Car Accident Attorney, for a free consultation at 1(314) 276-1681