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Wrongful Death Claim Filed Against Car Dealer after Man Dies of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Justice on Wooden Piece Arranged by BusinessmanFollowing the death of a man due to carbon monoxide poisoning, his estate administrator has filed a wrongful death claim against Autobarn Volkswagen of Countryside, Illinois.

According to the complaint filed by Kevin O’Rourke on behalf of Phillip Osborne’s estate, Osborne died in May 2015 after he took his car to Autobarn Volkswagen for repair.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant failed to inform Osborne that his vehicle was releasing carbon monoxide into the passenger compartment, and then allowed him to travel back in the unsafe vehicle.

The plaintiff is seeking $50,000 in addition to the court costs.

Domino’s Pizza Ordered to Pay Over $10 Million in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Justice scale on blue backgroundAfter a crash with a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver killed a man, an Orange County jury has awarded over $10 million in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by his widow.

Richard Wiederhold, a district fire chief in Brevard County, suffered a spinal cord injury in the January 2011 crash, that resulted in Quadriplegy. He later died of his injuries in March 2012.

The jury determined that Michigan-based Domino’s Pizza was responsible for its franchisees and ordered them to pay over $10 million.

Domino’s Pizza LLC is planning on petitioning for a new trial. Company spokesperson Tim McIntyre said. “The delivery driver was an employee of an independent franchise owner…As he did not work for us, we believe there are grounds for a new trial.”

Judge Rules Porsche Not at Fault in Roger Rodas, Paul Walker Crash

courtroomA judge has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of Roger Rodas, who died with the Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker in a car crash in 2013.

The lawsuit, filed by Kristine Rodas, alleged that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT car went out of control because of a faulty part in the suspension. She also claimed that four specific defects in the car also contributed to the crash that killed Walker and Rodas.

However, U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez dismissed the lawsuit and ruled that the Porsche executives were not responsible for the crash, and the design defects were speculation. The ruling said, “Plaintiff has provided no competent evidence that Rodas’ death occurred as a result of any wrongdoing on the part of Defendant.

Family Sues Uber After Crash Kills 20-Year-Old Boy

The family of 20-year-old Pablo Sanchez Jr., who died as the Uber car he was travelling in crashed and exploded, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and Uber Technologies Inc.

According to the lawsuit, Sanchez was killed on December 27 after he hired Uber to take him and his friends home from downtown Miami. However, the Uber driver appeared to be falling asleep and was hit by another car as he took a left turn. Sanchez got trapped in the car while everyone else was able to get out before the vehicle exploded.

The family is suing Uber for failing to properly train the driver. The Uber driver, car owner, and the driver of the other car have also been named in the lawsuit.

Paul Walker’s Daughter Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Porsche

Paul Walker’s 16-year-old daughter Meadow is suing Porsche for her father’s death.

The Fast & Furious actor was killed after the Porsche Carrera GT he was travelling in crashed. Authorities said the accident happened due to speeding between 80 to 93 MPH.

According to the lawsuit, Roger Rodas was driving between 63 and 71 MPH and the vehicle had “a history of instability and control issues.” Meadow’s lawyers said in a statement, “The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn’t belong on the street. And we shouldn’t be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas.”

NASCAR Star Tony Stewart Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Justice on Wooden Piece Arranged by BusinessmanThe parents of 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr., who was hit and killed by NASCAR star Tony Stewart’s car during a race at New York’s Canandaigua Motorsports Park, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, Ward had climbed from his car and was attempting to confront Stewart when the latter ‘deliberately’ veered his car. It claims that, “Stewart could have easily acted reasonably and with prudence to avoid striking Ward, just as all other drivers had done as they passed Ward during the yellow caution flag.”

The plaintiffs, Kevin and Pamela Ward, are claiming unspecified monetary damages. “Our son was truly the light of our lives and we miss him terribly every day… Our hope is that this lawsuit will hold Tony Stewart responsible for killing our son and show him there are real consequences when someone recklessly takes another person’s life,” they said in a statement.

Jury Awards $20.5 Million in Wrongful Death Suit Against Chaffey Joint Union High School District

autoFollowing the death of a 15-year old boy who was hit and killed by a car while crossing the 5-lane Duncan Canyon highway to reach school bus stop, a San Bernardino Superior Court jury has awarded $20,500,000 to his mother.

On December 6, 2010, Jin Ouk Burnham was crossing the highway in Fontana when a car struck him, causing serious injuries that resulted in his death 15 days later. His mother then filed a wrongful death suit against the vehicle driver as well as Chaffey Joint Union School District.

The lawsuit claimed that the school district violated state law by designing the bus stop in a way that forced students to cross a busy, 5-lane highway.

Father of Teenager Killed While Driving Drunk Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Alcohol Businesses

autoThe father of Johnathan Taylor, who was killed on June 28, 2014 at Hunting Ridge Road, North Raleigh in North Carolina, while driving drunk, has sued the businesses who served and supplied alcohol at the wedding party Johnathan had attended before the crash.

Johnathan, 18, who was a fresh graduate, was returning from a wedding party held at physician Charles Matthews’s home, when his car smashed into a tree.

The wrongful- death lawsuit was filed by the Taylors against “Ridgewood Wine & Beer”, the company that supplied alcohol at the party, and “Parizade”, a Durham caterer and restaurant, that served alcohol at the party. The Wake County ABC Board is also being sued for selling alcohol to underage, as the Taylors claim Johnathan had visited ABC store at Cameron Village before the party.

Family of Businessman Killed in Train Crash Files Wrongful Death Suit against Amtrak

autoThe family of a business man, killed in the May 12 train accident near Philadelphia, has sued Amtrak for their alleged outrageous conduct and negligence in the crash.

Robert Gildersleeve Jr., 45, who was the vice president of a food safety company ‘Ecolab’, was killed along with 7 other people when the Amtrak train derailed after approaching a sharp curve at the speed of over 100 mph. Over 200 people were injured in the accident.

The wrongful-death lawsuit was filed on June 29 on behalf of Gildersleeve’s wife Danna, 2 children and his parents.

Portland City Commissioner Files Wrongful Death Suit after Husband’s Death

autoPortland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has filed a wrongful death lawsuit after her husband Steve Fritz died on September 24, 2014, in a road crash at I-5 near Salem, Oregon.

The lawsuit lists a pickup driver Michael Lippmann and Carson Oil Co. as defendants. It claims that the pickup was speeding in heavy rains on Interstate 5 and that just before the accident, it had passed a truck belonging to Carson Oil Co. that sprayed water onto it. According to the plaintiff, the sprayed water, along with the standing rain water, caused the pickup to lose control, cross the grassy median and crash into Fritz’s Nissan Sentra that was travelling southbound.

Fritz, 54, was killed at the spot while his passenger Cary Fairchild, 64, succumbed to his injuries 10 days later.

The lawsuit seeks $9.5 million as a compensation.