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Wrongful death lawsuit filed after fatal Monroe plane crash

In the aftermath of a fatal car accident or any other type of fatal accident it is possible for the victim's loved ones to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or entity whose negligence caused the accident. This is a way to recover compensation for funeral expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. It is often possible to file a wrongful death lawsuit even if the negligent party died in the accident, too. In such cases, the wrongful death lawsuit is usually filed against the negligent person's estate.

Such is the case in a wrongful death lawsuit that was filed in relation to a fatal plane crash that took place in Monroe, Michigan, in 2011.

Federal safety regulators have said that the plane crash was caused by pilot error. The small plane's pilot was reportedly attempting a high speed pass over the airport runway when he flew too closely to the ground, causing a propeller to strike the runway repeatedly. The plane then crashed in a park about one mile away from the runway.

The 58-year-old pilot from LaSalle, Michigan, as well as his two passengers, was killed in the crash.

While it remains unclear whether drugs played any role in this plane crash, the National Transportation Safety Board found that the painkillers Hydrocodone and Dihydrocodeine and the anti-depressant Notriptyline were in the pilot's system at the time of the crash.

The families of the two passengers filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the pilot's estate, citing the pilot's alleged negligence.

A trial is scheduled to begin in that case in February. While the outcome of that case remains to be determined, this filing is an example that legal claims are often possible against negligent parties who are deceased.

Source: toledoblade.com, "2011 Monroe plane crash caused by pilot error," Mary Reiter, Dec. 10, 2012

  • More information about wrongful death law is available on our Ann Arbor, Michigan, personal injury law firm's website.

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