The family of a 38-year-old woman killed in a deadly four-car freeway accident last month is suing singer-actress Brandy for $50 million.
The wrongful death suit was filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court by the parents of car accident victim Awatef Aboudihaj, one day after the California Highway Patrol recommended to prosecutors that the 27-year old performer be charged with vehicular manslaughter. In the three-page complaint, Aboudihaj’s family says her death happened because of Brandy’s “reckless driving.”
According to the CHP, Brandy (Norwood) was determined to be at fault for the December 30 accident, because she failed to avoid hitting the car in front of her with her Land Rover, after traffic abruptly slowed down. Aboudihaj died when her car, hit by Brandy’s car, slammed into the back of a third car. Aboudihaj’s vehicle then spun into the freeway’s center divide and was hit by a fourth vehicle.
According to investigators, the former star of the TV comedy “Moesha” was in her car alone. No alcohol, drugs, or the use of a cell phone were involved. The misdemeanor offense that police are recommending caries a $1,000 fine and a one-year jail sentence.
If a person dies because of someone else’s negligent, careless, or intentional actions, then the family of the deceased may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of lawsuit lets family members receive compensation for the loss of their loved one.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Suit:
· The parents of the deceased.
· The spouse of the person who has died.
· The child of the deceased.
A wrongful death suit is a civil case, not a criminal case. In a wrongful death lawsuit, monetary damage is sought for a person’s death. In order to win a wrongful death case, there must be a preponderance of evidence of guilt. This means that the plaintiff’s attorney must only prove that there is a 51% chance of guilt by the accused party.
There are different statutes of limitations in each state for filing a wrongful death suit, and some states limit the amount of damages that can be claimed.
If you would like to file a wrongful death claim for the death of a loved one in Maryland or the Washington D.C. area, contact Lebowitz and Mzhen today. We are a personal injury law firm that helps people who have been the victims of car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other types of personal injury cases. Contact Lebowitz and Mzhen to schedule a free consultation.
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