Tragic Wrongful Death
The Gatti Law Firm represents many types of injured victims. Recently, a tragic wrongful death case was resolved by attorney Ron Sayer. This accident occurred in Grants Pass, Josephine County, State of Oregon. At the time of the accident, the Defendant was extremely intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of 0.417%, which is over five times the legal limit. The Defendant was 18 years old and was driving her grandparent's vehicle. The Defendant had a history of alcohol abuse which was known to nearly all of the community; however, the grandparents claimed that they had no knowledge of her substance abuse history.
The deceased was a 19-year-old young man that had recently been accepted into the Army. The deceased was scheduled to be sworn in for service the day following this horrible motor vehicle accident.
A lawsuit for wrongful death was filed which included obvious negligence and claims for negligent entrustment against the grandparents and claims for family purpose doctrine against the grandparents. Over 25 depositions were conducted including the Defendant, family members and many of the Defendant’s peers and witnesses to her alcohol consumption on the evening of the incident. The insurance company filed motions to dismiss the litigation which were denied. Eventually, the lawsuit was resolved in favor of the Estate, and the parents of the 19-year-old deceased were compensated for the horrible loss of their only son.
Ron Sayer recently took on another similar case involving a tragic pedestrian accident in Vancouver, Clark County, State of Washington. A young Russian woman was hit by a motor vehicle in the middle of a cross-walk. The defendant, after hitting and fatally killing two Russian women, fled the scene. The Defendant was able to avoid the law for approximately two days. Eventually, the Vancouver Police Department located the defendant. The defendant is presently in jail pending criminal prosecution. We are working on the wrongful death case for the surviving husband and 2-year-old daughter.