At some point in life, children must take responsibility for their own actions and pay the penalties for their reckless mistakes. However, it also happens that parents may be too permissive with a child who may not be mature or disciplined enough to handle it. When this happens, the resulting mistakes can be catastrophic, and the parents may carry some culpability. For example, a fatal accident that leads to a wrongful death claim may name the parents of a negligent teen driver.
One California teen behind the wheel of a Lamborghini may have had too much car to handle for his young age. Police did not say by how much the 17-year-old may have exceeded the speed limit when his vehicle crashed into the car of a 32-year-old woman. However, it was enough to practically split the woman’s car in two.
Paying the tragic consequences
Rescue workers say the woman driver died almost immediate from the impact of the crash. The teen suffered injuries not considered life-threatening and was hospitalized. However, the victim’s family expressed outrage that police did not arrest the boy until nearly a week later. They point to the fact that the teen’s father is a multi-millionaire businessman whom they believe is using his money to protect the boy.
Nevertheless, the California district attorney finally charged the teen with vehicular manslaughter, among other charges. The victim’s family is now left to deal with the shock and grief of having lost their loved one. Some families find that a wrongful death lawsuit helps to alleviate some of the financial burdens that follow a preventable tragedy. Additionally, while a successful case cannot return life to normal like before the fatal accident, it may bring some measure of emotional closure to a hurting family.