Deceased Man's Family Sues L.A. County for Fire Truck Crash

The wife and the mother of a 36-year-old man who was killed in a collision with a fire truck in California filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Nov. 20. The fatal car crash took place in Agoura Hills while the man and his wife were on their way to a wedding rehearsal for the man's brother.

At around 5 p.m. on July 31, the man was taking a left turn on Mulholland Highway when his vehicle was struck by a fire truck. According to the wrongful death lawsuit, the fire truck driver was traveling the two-lane highway at excessive speeds while attempting to pass on the left side. When the accident occurred, there were 13 women in the fire truck who were inmates at Fire Camp 13 in Malibu.

In their lawsuit, the victim's wife and the victim's mother named both Los Angeles County and the driver of the fire truck as defendants. The plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified award for damages. According to the victim's wife, she has experienced continued emotional distress since the accident after witnessing her husband's death. The county has not commented on the lawsuit, but the Los Angeles County Fire Department offered condolences.

When an auto accident victim dies in a crash, the victim's family members can file a lawsuit on the deceased victim's behalf. If the accident involved a commercial vehicle, there may be multiple parties that hold liability for the death. A lawyer may help victims with the process of putting together a wrongful death claim.

Source: San Clemente Patch, "San Clemente Newlywed Sues Over Fire Truck Crash that Killed Husband," Paige Austin, Nov. 23, 2015

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