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Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:19 am

This is pure madness.

Again, it seems like its only possible in the US.

The crazy thing is, that at the speed the boy was hit, it wouldn't have mattered if he was wearing body armor, he would have been killed instantly. At 83 MPH that is 133 Km/h, he would have been mince meat.  

Read on.

Its an astonishing story, and ludicrous that it could even reach court, but that's the US justice system for you !   

http://www.smh.com.au/world/driver-s...fatal-accident-20101115-17u5b.html

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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:06 am

It is rather disgusting.

I'm not sure the US justice system is directly to blame here, rather that mentality that dictates everyone to go to court for anything, somehow.
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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:58 pm

This would be one of the many reasons Lawyers are thought of as bottom feeders, in the USA. Let's just see how far we can stretch that constitution, so you can get your lottery check?
 
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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:04 pm

I agree it is a ludicrous story, but I think the parents had it coming and don't deserve all that much sympathy anyway (other than for their loss, that is).
They sued first! They waited for him to be convicted then they sued him, and they're also attempting to sue the DMV. Their lawsuit against the DMV may have some merit, but what is the point of suing the guy when he is in jail and broke already?

And now that they're being sued, they want to take the moral high ground and demand that they be left alone?!?

Didn't their lawyer tell them that a favorite defense in a lawsuit is a counter suit? I'm not saying they had it coming, but they should have known it could happen. Or maybe their lawyer forgot to tell them and they should sue him for malpractice.

Oh, and there's no lawyer involved on the side of the convicted driver in this particular suit, as the article very clearly spells out (seriously, go read it, from top to bottom, you'll see). I'm neither a lawyer nor related to one, but can we keep the unrelated cheap shots out of the way, or am I, as usual, too optimistic here?

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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:57 pm

Taken on it's face it seems like they could be contributorily negligent. Although I agree with the person that commented at that speed a helmet wouldn't have made a difference (my brother was killed when he was hit by a car traveling at a much slower speed while riding his bike) . The driver can try to make the argument that it would have. However, I think it is a loser case he's have to have some powerfully convincing argument to overcome the overwhelming natural bias any jury is going to have for the victim's family.
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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:03 pm

Quoting BlueFlyer (Reply 3):
Oh, and there's no lawyer involved on the side of the convicted driver in this particular suit, as the article very clearly spells out (seriously, go read it, from top to bottom, you'll see). I'm neither a lawyer nor related to one, but can we keep the unrelated cheap shots out of the way, or am I, as usual, too optimistic here?

Double this since it seems the previous two posters mudboy and francollier were a bit to easy to jump in and blame the lawyers without reading the article.

The driver can bring a lawsuit. Anyone can. The judge will probably throw it out though.
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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:36 pm

Quoting iairallie (Reply 4):
Taken on it's face it seems like they could be contributorily negligent

I would argue that they were probably negligent in allowing him to ride without a helmet. However, from the accident as described, I think it will be hard to prove that said negligence CONTRIBUTED to the death.

As the OP says, the kid could have been one of those "sumo wrestler" padded suits and still been killed by the impact.
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Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:45 am

Quoting BlueFlyer (Reply 3):
but I think the parents had it coming and don't deserve all that much sympathy anyway (other than for their loss, that is).

This case will get thrown out- nobody can physically survive an 83 mph direct hit, with or without a helmet.
 
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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:53 am

But, let this be a lesson for those of you who have kids of bike-riding age. YOUR KIDS NEED TO BE WEARING HELMETS.

I have seen children die of injuries that could have been prevented with a helmet.

the rule is simple: "If I ever catch you on a bike/skateboard/rollerblades without a helmet, you will lose your bike/skateboard/rollerblades for two months."
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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:20 am

Quoting TheCommodore (Thread starter):

This is pure madness.

Again, it seems like its only possible in the US.

 

Yeah... only the in US...

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/01/29/w...cyclist-sues-victims-family-for-d/

Like when that Spanish driver sued the victim's family €20,000 in damages to his Audi A8?

Wait, that wasn't in the US.
 
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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:09 am

Quoting Zentraedi (Reply 9):
Like when that Spanish driver sued the victim's family €20,000 in damages to his Audi A8?

Compare apples with apples please.

Did this guy have such an extensive bad driving history like the one in the opening article. No he did not. IMHO that makes a huge difference.

But, I agree, the Spanish law is also strange and complex if this can happen to the victims family !
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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:56 am

He had an history of drunk driving but was not accused of that there, so I guess he wasn't drunk ? As for the speed, can it be proved ? He says he was at the limit.

I'm not defending the guy but from what information we have from the article, the case in not that straightforward.

About the fact that he sued the family and that they're distressed by that, I agree with BlueFlyer, the family itself is suing everybody and their mother.
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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:52 am

Quoting Zentraedi (Reply 9):
Like when that Spanish driver sued the victim's family €20,000 in damages to his Audi A8?

I think in some instances it's justified, especially when the driver isn't at fault. Pedestrians and cyclists can be negligent too. I see it almost every day - pedestrians, especially school children, cross the road without any regard for their own safety. There might be a time, even at the school zone speed limit of 40km/h, when I can't slam on the brakes fast enough, and hit them. Then I'll sue them for the damage to my car.

Having said that, in both instances - the US driver and the Spanish driver were both speeding. They are, therefore, at least partially to blame - a very big part, especially if you're driving at almost double the speed limit. If I was the judge I'd probably throw this case out as well - if there was any contributory negligence on the part of the victim, it is, on the balance of probabilities, less than one percent.
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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:18 am

Quoting TheCommodore (Thread starter):
This is pure madness.

Again, it seems like its only possible in the US.


The suit will get tossed, but there's nothing to prevent it from being brought - you can file a lawsuit for anything.

And what's with your preoccupation with things you find abhorrent or distasteful in the United States?

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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:31 am

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 13):
The suit will get tossed,

Really? not according to some of the responses here.

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 13):
you can file a lawsuit for anything.

That's ridiculous, and a waste of resources as well as time.

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 13):
And what's with your preoccupation with things you find abhorrent or distasteful in the United States?

Nothing really, just trying to work out what make you all tick over there.

Glad you edited you original post. before I replied.   
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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:14 pm

Quoting casinterest (Reply 5):
Double this since it seems the previous two posters mudboy and francollier were a bit to easy to jump in and blame the lawyers without reading the article.

And which part of what I said is false? Sorry, but the truth is that if there is any chance of getting a check, a lawyer is going to push for it, that is the way it is in the US now.
 
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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:53 pm

Quoting Mudboy (Reply 15):
And which part of what I said is false

I never said it was false. I just said you are threadjacking blaming lawyers, when the lawsuit was raised by an individual who may or may not hire representation by a lawyer.
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Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:22 pm

Quoting casinterest (Reply 16):
I just said you are threadjacking blaming lawyers, when the lawsuit was raised by an individual who may or may not hire representation by a lawyer.

Why would he not hire a Lawyer, and do you really think there is not one that would take his case? Just being honest! It is a sad situation all the way around!
 
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Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:09 pm

Quoting Mudboy (Reply 17):
Why would he not hire a Lawyer, and do you really think there is not one that would take his case? Just being honest!

He is in jail and may not have the funds for one. From the article his suit is a handwritten one.

"Weaving, who has a history of drunken driving convictions, responded months later with a handwritten countersuit accusing the Kenneys of "contributory negligence"


However if there is a decent chance of money to be made, i am sure that a lawyer will arrive. Just remember Lawyers aren't the reason for lawsuits. Citizens are. Lawyers just happen to make a killing on fees to unravel the complicated mess that we all call law.

Quoting Mudboy (Reply 17):
It is a sad situation all the way around!

I feel for the family, their loss must be tragic. the DMV in connecticut should have revoked this guy's license. However Alcohol was not the contributing factor. Recklessness on his part was, and a 13 year old out enjoying a bike ride paid a terrible price for it.
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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:28 pm

Quoting casinterest (Reply 18):

He is in jail and may not have the funds for one. From the article his suit is a handwritten one.

"Weaving, who has a history of drunken driving convictions, responded months later with a handwritten countersuit accusing the Kenneys of "contributory negligence"

Yup...having worked in criminal law, a handwritten suit from somebody in jail means a pro se party. All those who love to dogpile and bash those in the legal field are out of line on this one.

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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:07 am

Quoting Mudboy (Reply 17):

Why would he not hire a Lawyer, and do you really think there is not one that would take his case?

To answer the first part, because he can't afford one and to answer the second, because no lawyer in his right mind is going to take a guaranteed losing case pro bono.
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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:30 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 20):
To answer the first part

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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:29 am

To the parents of the boy i would say let it go. Winning 15,000 dollars in a lawsuit is not going to bring your son back, all it does is prolong the onset of the grief that will envelop you sooner or later. Then again, they don't want to admit that their perfect, academically and athletically gifted son was being an idiot that day. He chose not to wear a helmet as he probably knew he should have been. he was only going over to a friends, they were only going to be riding their bikes in the driveway,he probably figured he was okay not to wear a helmet. If he had done a backflip off the bike ramp that the driver claimed he saw and landed on his head, scrambling his brains, would they have sued his friend's parents for allowing the boys to have or use the bike ramp? The boy paid for the decision not to wear a helmet with his life. Rather than get angry at themselves or god forbid at their perfect son, they got mad at the system for allowing the guy to have a driver's license and at the guy who hit their son. They need to get angry at their son for not wearing his helmet to begin with and they need to get angry at themselves for not reinforcing the use of the helmet.

To be sure, the driver is not blameless, he behaved recklessly, he was driving too fast for conditions and failed to compensate for obstacles in the road, mainly two or more middle school aged boys using an assumably home made bike ramp off the end of a driveway, and hit one. He's paying a physical price through the loss of his individual freedom for many years and he will pay an emotional price for the rest of his life unless he's a psychopath, that's punishment enough. So just let it go. Like I said the 15,000 dollars they may win from this suit is not going to bring the boy back, nor is it going to lessen the long term grief they'll suffer as a result of this, it just prolongs the onset of it. They need to focus their energy on dealing with their own grief and the grief of their children at losing their brother, not engage in lawsuits, blame game playing, and name calling.

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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:25 pm

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 22):
They need to get angry at their son for not wearing his helmet to begin with and they need to get angry at themselves for not reinforcing the use of the helmet.

Did you even read the article? Helmet would not have helped one bit.
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RE: Driver Sues Victim's Parents After Fatal Accident

Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:14 pm

Quoting casinterest (Reply 23):
Did you even read the article? Helmet would not have helped one bit.

Actually, I did read the article. The helmet may not have saved the boy, but, it would have given the parents the moral high ground by allowing them to say "We did everything we were supposed to do, we made sure our son took all the appropriate safety precautions." The parents IMO are lashing out at everyone and everything because they don't want to admit that their son didn't exercise good judgment. Regardless of whether it would have saved his life, the kid should have been wearing the helmet.
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