A 51 year-old man, Brook, was driving along a toll road in lane two while another man was driving in lane one exceeding 100 mph. The man in lane one lost control of his vehicle while traveling downhill and the right front of his car stuck the left rear of Brook's car in lane two. Brook's car rolled over several times when it hit the curb and caused the driver's seat to collapse and release Brook from his seatbelt. He was then ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene.
The driver was suspected of drunk driving and was arrested and charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. His blood alcohol level was .186, more than double the legal limit. The driver also tested positive for cocaine. He pleaded guilty and only spent two and a half years in prison.
A product liability lawsuit against Nissan was filed since the seat collapsed and released Brook. A settlement of $2 million was agreed upon and a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver will take place in the future.
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If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, which resulted in injuries or death, you may have rights to certain types of compensation. In cases where another person caused the car accident, the insurance company of the at-fault driver must pay out for the damages you suffered.