A young actor has died and his parents are filing a wrongful death complaint against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Anton Yelchin, the 27-year-old star in the latest “Star Trek” movie and child of famous Soviet Union figure skaters Victor Yelchin and Irina Yelchin was killed on June 19. After walking away from his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, it proceeded to roll backwards down Yelchin’s steep driveway of his Los Angeles home.
Yelchin was crushed against a brick wall and a fence. The actor died as a result of his injuries.
A Well-Known Vehicle Recall
More than 1.1 million cars and SUVs were covered under a recall related to this issue in April because they were known to roll away after their driver had exited them.
The lawsuit is claiming that the transmission gear-selector design is “defective”. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also stated that the gear selectors do pose a safety issue and that they have resulted in hundreds of crashes and dozens of injuries.
Yelchin case is the first known fatality.
Filing to Prevent Further Tragedies
Yelchin’s father told reporters that despite his grief, he and Yelchin’s mother are filing the wrongful death complaint to prevent other families from suffering from the same tragedy. His mother added, “…his death might just save some other life”.
Understanding Wrongful Death Claims in California
Certain parties have two years to file a wrongful death claim from the date of the descendent’s death in California. These parties include:
- The surviving spouse or domestic partner of the deceased
- The children of the deceased
- Anyone who would be entitled to property of the deceased (this can include a parent or a sibling)
If a person can show that they financially depended on the deceased, they may be able to bring a wrongful death claim in California if they are:
- The parents of the deceased
- The stepchildren of the deceased
- The deceased person’s “putative spouse” and their children
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