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Wrongful death claim possible after tragic fatal accident

Alaska readers may be aware of the tragic accident that recently claimed the life of actor Anton Yelchin, known for his role in the Star Trek movies. The actor was found dead at his home after his vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, pinned him against his fence. That particular model vehicle is currently under recall, and the circumstances of the fatal incident could be grounds for a wrongful death claim.

Fiat Chrysler has recalled over a million vehicles due to problems with the gearshift, which is called the monostable shifter. The way that it is designed could be confusing for some drivers, who may think that the vehicle is in park when it is actually still in drive. This problem prompted a mass recall, and it may be to blame for many accidents, injuries and property damage across the country.

When a dangerous car part causes harm or leads to an accident, the automaker could liable for any damages sustained. Fiat Chrysler has acknowledged that there is a issue with these vehicles. The recall does not preclude the company from liability for this tragic accident. If an investigation determines that the accident was caused by a problem with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, legal action may be appropriate.

A wrongful death claim cannot unto any damage that has been done or erase the grief of those left behind. However, it can help a family rebuild their life and recover the financial losses associated with the accident. If the victim of an accident in Hawaii -- or the surviving family of a deceased victim -- would like to know his or her options, a case evaluation is recommended. 

Source:, "Vehicle blamed for 'Star Trek' actor's death was subject of recall", Sonari Glinton, June 21, 2016

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