A Riverside County wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the three minor children of Angela Marie Wright. The defendants in the case are the City of Menifee, the City of Canyon Lake and its manager Lori Mass, the county, and the security firm that represents Canyon Lake Property Owners Association.
Wright, 39, was involved in a fatal Riverside County car crash early on December 22, 2010 when her car slid off a flooded road into Salt Creek and then the East Bay. It wasn't until several hours later that a dive team recovered the vehicle with her body in it.
The Riverside County wrongful death complaint contends that the tragic accident could have been avoided if only Goetz Road had been closed down that night. The county and the two cities are in joint possession and control of that area of road and should have/did know of the dangers posed by the creek when the dry riverbed by the road gets flooded with rain water.
The California civil lawsuit blames Canyon Lake manager Lori Moss for failing to protect the public from this road hazard by not implementing better safety measures from the flood. It wasn't until the day that Wright died and after her Riverside County motor vehicle crash that county officials decided to permanently close Goetz Rd. south of the East Gate to traffic.
Wright's children are claiming loss of love, companionship, society, affection, comfort, financial support, and moral support, as well as funeral costs. Although minors are generally not allowed to file California civil claims over personal injury or wrongful death, a guardian or another adult can submit one for them on their behalf.
The surviving spouse, kids, and surviving issue of the decedent's deceased children can "jointly and severally" file a single Riverside County wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages. In line after that are the parents of the deceased, his/her siblings, kids of deceased siblings, grandparents, and their descendants. Also in line are minors that was receiving 50% support from an was living with the person that died (as part of the victim's household) for at least 180 days prior to the death.
An experienced Riverside County wrongful death law firm can help you with your case. If you have grounds for a civil lawsuit, your case may get settled prior to trial. If not, a jury generally will determine how much (if any) you are owed. Jury members will consider a number of factors when ruling on a verdict, including loss of financial support and the right to receive it, the age of the victim, the age of any heirs, the life expectancy of heirs and the decedent, and the earning capacity of the deceased.
Working with an experienced Riverside County personal injury lawyer can increase your chances of recovering the maximum amount possible.
City slapped with wrongful death lawsuit, The Friday Flyer, September 1, 2011
Flood victim's families demand answers, The Press-Enterprise, December 10, 2010
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