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Identifying liability after tragic tailgating accident

The aftermath of a fatal accident can be devastating for the friends and families who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. The death can seem senseless, and people often want to know who was responsible for the accident and whether it could have been prevented. Identifying these factors can help those left behind find a sense of closure and justice after such a tragic event.But it is not always easy to determine liability. There may be many factors involved and in nearly every case, negligent or reckless parties will try to deny responsibility. This can be very frustrating for loved ones who just want the appropriate people to be held accountable. However, with the help of an attorney, Cape Cod residents can identify the negligent parties and file a wrongful death claim if appropriate. That is the course of action being taken by the estate of one woman after she was tragically killed in a tailgating accident. The lawsuit was filed after the 30-year-old Massachusetts woman was struck by a moving truck while tailgating for a college football game. According to reports, the truck was being operated by a member of a college fraternity who was delivering kegs of beer to a fraternity event. He says that he revved the engine to try and get people out of the way so the truck could move through, but he lost control of the truck and crashed into the woman and two other people who were injured.Initially, the victim’s estate filed the lawsuit against the national fraternity, as the accident took place at a chapter event. However, the national organization denied that they had anything to do with the locally-sponsored event so the complaint was changed to hold the local chapter and members accountable. Because the truck was being used for a fraternity event and was being driven by a member, the lawsuit argues that they should be held accountable for the fatal accident.Cases like this highlight the fact that it is not always easy to identify liability. However, an attorney can help family members navigate this difficult process and work to hold the appropriate parties accountable.  Source: The Boston Globe, “Yale fraternity sued in 2011 tailgate death,” Peter Schworm, Jan. 16, 2014

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