In December of last year, three South Bend teens went for a joyride in a SUV in St. Joseph County. When the 14-year-old driving lost control, it careened into a ditch and rolled several times. The driver and a 13-year-old girl were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, but the 12-year-old in the backseat was pronounced dead at the scene. None of the kids were wearing seatbelts when the accident occurred.
Now the parents of the seventh-grader at Greene Intermediate School are filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the 14-year-old driver. They claim that the teen was driving recklessly at dangerous speeds and without a license, and his actions lead to the death of their son.
Wrongful death lawsuits seek to provide the surviving family with financial compensation, but can also provide justice after a loved one has been killed. A legal judgment can also address the negligence or carelessness of the people at fault. If it’s proven that negligence was a cause, they may have to pay punitive damages, used as a disciplinary measure in hopes of preventing similar tragedies.
No charges were filed after the South Bend rollover accident, but the St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office still has the case under review.
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Ask Ken Nunn what he knows about Indiana wrongful death lawsuits. If someone you love has been killed in a rollover accident or any other accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your loss. The wrongful death attorneys at the Ken Nunn Law Office know that money can’t bring back a loved one after they’ve died because of someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or maliciousness, but resolving your case may help you and your family find peace and closure.
Wrongful Death Attorney Ken Nunn has over 42 years of experience in helping the people of South Bend, Indianapolis, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Bloomington, and across Indiana, always staying mindful of the toll a wrongful death can have on a family.
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