It has been a tumultuous week for Venus Williams. What should be one of the great milestones of her career has quickly turned into a nightmare. The 37-year-old tennis star reached the semifinals at Wimbledon for the tenth time of her remarkable career. She has won the tournament three times. But it is her life off the court that is grabbing more headlines. Williams is now being sued for wrongful death after her car collided with another motorist driven by Linda Barson in Palm Beach Gardens, FL back on June 9. Barson’s husband, 78-year-old Jerome Barson, suffered major injuries in the crash. He later died on June 22 in the hospital. According a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Linda Barson, she also suffered a cracked sternum, a fractured right arm, a broken wrist, hand and fingers.
To win a wrongful death lawsuit, Barson must prove Williams was negligent. According to the police report, Williams wandered into an intersection, traveling at 5-miles-per-hour, when Barson collided with her vehicle. Although The report listed Williams “at fault” for “violating the right-of-way”, she never received a citation from the officer at the scene. The accident remains under investigation by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department. Williams walked away unharmed.
There are several factors that often come into play when proving negligence in a wrongful death traffic accident. In many cases, the driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol or was distracted by the use of their cell phone or an electronic device. However,the police report indicated neither driver fell into any of those categories. Witnesses at the accident scene told police Williams had run a red light while Barson’s car entered the intersection on a green light. The police report indicates Barson’s car was unable to to avoid the collision with Williams. According to the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Barson’s daughter, both vehicles sustained extensive damage.
South Florida’s roadways can be an adventure. Even cars and trucks not traveling at high speeds can also present a danger due to driver negligence. According to the National Highway Safety Commission, more than 35,000 people are killed in car accidents each year. Even more scary, a person will die in a car crash every 12 seconds. Although technology has improved safety features in cars and trucks, the number of car accidents has steadily increased over the last decade. The most common causes of wrongful death from car accidents in Florida include:
The loss of a family member or loved one can be devastating–especially when it is the result of negligence of others. A wrongful death lawsuit cannot bring your loved-one back. But it can help ease the financial burden of family members who depend on the income of the deceased. If you have lost a member of your family or friend in a car accident due to negligence, it is vital to seek representation from a team of personal injury lawyers with a track record of protecting the rights of clients and looking after their best interests. Over the years, the Aventura wrongful death attorneys at Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA. are committed to help place accident victims and their families in the best position to succeed. To learn more, contact us today and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.