Tennessee residents might be familiar with the news report about Bruce Jenner’s recent car accident and the wrongful death lawsuit he faces. According to reports, surviving family members of a woman who died in the car accident on Feb. 7 have filed civil charges against Jenner, claiming that the 65-year-old ex-athlete is to blame for driving in a negligent manner that caused the crash.

The chain-reaction accident reportedly transpired when Jenner, whose vehicle was pulling a trailer carrying an all-terrain vehicle, smashed into the back of another vehicle, pushing it into a third vehicle. The force of the impact sent the third vehicle into the opposite lane, where it collided head-on with a fourth vehicle. The driver who got sent into oncoming traffic, a 69-year-old woman, died in the crash.

Authorities have used details from traffic camera footage to assist in their investigation. They stated that the footage does not reveal that Jenner was using a mobile device when the crash occurred. At the time of reporting, investigators were still working to determine the cause of the accident, and no criminal charges were filed against Jenner. Although the suit, which is being filed by two of the decedent’s stepchildren, did not disclose the monetary amount of damages the family is claiming, it was reported that the family has suffered a large amount of losses.

A person who was injured or who has lost a loved one in a car crash due to a driver’s negligent actions might consider pursuing compensation through a civil court action. A personal injury lawyer may be able to evaluate the police report, witness statements and camera footage for evidence that might point to the driver responsible for the accident. If negligence was found to be a factor in the crash, the plaintiffs may receive a monetary award for their accident-related losses. In some wrongful death suits, the surviving family members may recover non-economic losses such as loss of companionship.

Source: FOX News, “Bruce Jenner being sued for wrongful death in fatal traffic accident,” May 1, 2015