A lawsuit was filed against automaker Mitsubishi by the family of a Texas woman who burned to death in one of the company's vehicles, allegedly due to a malfunction that caused it to burst into flames. The wrongful death suit also named Smylie Unlimited and Meineke Car Care Centers as defendants in the case.
For its part, Mitsubishi claimed a special exemption asking that the court make the plaintiffs specify a maximum amount of damages that they were claiming. It also filed an original answer, which asserted a general denial of the charges and alleged that the fatal accident was caused by the negligence of the deceased or a third party.
The original complaint claimed that in February 2011, the 25-year-old woman was driving a 2001 Mitsubishi model and had left the home of her grandparents. News reports said that the woman had driven just half a block when she stopped at an intersection. At that point, the vehicle malfunctioned and flames enveloped it.
The suit alleges that the woman suffered both physical pain as well as mental anguish as she burned to death. It also states that because of her death, her family incurred burial and funeral expenses, suffered the loss of her companionship and society, and also suffered mental pain and anguish.
A fatal accident causing the loss of a loved one causes great pain to those left behind. A personal injury attorney may be able to help families arrange financial compensation after a fatal car crash. If the accident was caused by a mechanical malfunction, the lawyer may bring a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Mitsubishi asserts general denial in wrongful death suit over fatal auto fire", David Yates, October 16, 2013