In February of 2015, Caitlyn Jenner was in a serious car crash. The crash involved four vehicles, and one of the drivers sustained fatal injuries. Now, an investigation is pending to determine whether or not Caitlyn Jenner was acting negligently at the time of the accident, leading to its tragic outcome.
Was Caitlyn Jenner driving negligently?
Investigators are trying to determine whether or not Caitlyn Jenner was driving negligently at the time of the February crash. If she was, she may face misdemeanor manslaughter charges, say prosecutors.
While the specific type of negligence that a driver displays in an accident varies on a case-by-case basis, in regards to Jenner, authorities are questioning the speed at which her vehicle was traveling. While she was not going over the speed limit, there is a question surrounding whether or not she was traveling at a safe speed for the weather conditions; at the time of the accident, it was raining and the roads were wet.
According to reports: At the time of the accident, Jenner was driving a Cadillac SUV. She rear-ended a Lexus SUV, which had already rear-ended by another vehicle. The force of Jenner’s car caused the Lexus to be pushed into a lane of oncoming traffic. The vehicle was then struck by a Hummer, causing fatal injuries to the driver, Kim Howe.
Potential Penalties Jenner Faces
Jenner may face criminal (misdemeanor manslaughter), as well as civil charges. In fact, two civil charges are currently pending against the celebrity. Ari Melber, a legal analyst for MSNBC, said that even if she is convicted of manslaughter, it’s unlikely she’ll face jail time.
However, she may not get so lucky in terms of her civil suits; while civil actions do not carry criminal penalties—Jenner will not go to jail if convicted in civil court—they do often result in large monetary payouts. And if she is convicted on the misdemeanor charges, it’s likely she’ll lose the civil suits.
Reckless Driving in Massachusetts
While Jenner’s crash occurred in California, an act of reckless driving can occur anywhere in the country. In Massachusetts, reckless driving occurs when actions go beyond negligence. In other words, it must be proven that the manner in which a vehicle was being operated was likely to cause serious injury or death to another person. If you’re the victim of reckless driving in Massachusetts, you need to consult with an injury attorney immediately.
Don’t Hesitate to Take Legal Action
A car crash can have devastating repercussions, including death. Don’t hesitate to call the personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Deborah Gold-Alexander. We have over 30 years’ experience defending victims just like you. To learn more about our services and to schedule a consultation today, call us at 781-289-4235.