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Lawsuit filed after women killed in fatal tailgating accident


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Apr 11, 2013 in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

One of the most difficult emotions that families deal with after a loved has been killed in an accident is helplessness. There is nothing that can be done to undo the damage that has already been done, but often times families feel as though something needs to be done to hold the person responsible for the accident accountable. Criminal charges are not always sufficient so one way that people have been able to take action is by filing a civil lawsuit against the negligent party.

The estate of one woman recently did just this after a tragic fatal car accident ended her life. The lawsuit may help her family recover damages suffered as a result of their loss, but it may also help in changing certain procedures that contributed to the accident.

According to reports, the woman was attending a Yale-Harvard football game in Connecticut. She was in a tailgating area when the driver of a large rental truck crashed into her. The lawsuit is naming the driver of the truck, Yale University and the city of New Haven for failing to take the necessary precautions to prevent such a horrific accident.

The lawsuit filed by the woman's estate argues that the driver was negligent in operating the large truck. The university is named because it allows students to rent these large vehicles for tailgating purposes, even though other schools have banned them. Further, the city is being held responsible for failing to ensure the safety of pedestrians in the area.

It is unknown how much the lawsuit is seeking in terms of compensation, but the fatal accident has already sparked debates over the safety measures that are taken, or not taken, during tailgating events. If there had been certain procedures in place to protect those attending the football games, this accident and the woman's death could likely have been prevented.

Source: WTNH, "Estate of woman killed in tailgating crash sues," John Christoffersen, April 5, 2013