Tennis star Venus Williams is being sued for wrongful death following a car accident in which another driver was tragically killed. Her lawyers filed a protective order that halted an inspection of her car from the deceased’s family and their lawyers. Williams’ party states that they want the inspection to occur when “all parties are present with their experts.” The plaintiffs want access to security camera information and other data in the vehicle. She was turning into an intersection at 5mph and was allegedly not supposed to. Details of the case are still in litigation.
Do I Have a Wrongful Death Case?
- Who can file a wrongful death claim? Those eligible to file a claim include immediate family members, spouses and life partners, financial dependents, parents of a deceased fetus, and almost anyone who has suffered a financial loss due to the victim’s death.
- Who can I sue for wrongful death? Any party (including individuals, companies, and government agencies) that bears responsibility for the death of your loved one can be sued. For example, in a fatal car accident, potential defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit can include any or all the following:
- The at-fault driver
- The manufacturer responsible for a defective car or auto part
- The government agency that failed to provide adequate warning signs for hazards
- The dangerous roadway’s designer or builders
- The person (or establishment that employs them) who overserved alcohol to the impaired driver
- How long do I have to file a wrongful death lawsuit? In Colorado, the statute of limitations to file a wrongful death claim is 2 years. That statute is extended to 3 years in cases involving a fatal car accident. Wyoming’s statute is 4 years.
- How can I get help? Wrongful death cases are known to be extremely delicate and complicated. It is crucial that you hire, or at the very least consult with, an experienced wrongful death lawyer.