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Negligent entrustment claims challenge protective gun law

If someone you love has been killed through gun violence, it would be natural to feel angry about this, and maybe even want to sue. But because of federal law providing a degree of immunization for gun manufacturers and dealers for criminal misuse of their firearms, such lawsuits can be an uphill battle. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), specifically, is a federal law that was passed in 2005, making it difficult for individuals to sue gun manufacturers or dealers in wrongful death claims. But there are still ways such lawsuits can go forward.

Can you file a wrongful death lawsuit for a suicide?

When someone dies because of someone else's negligence, that deceased person's loved ones may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent parties that caused that death. Often this scenario unfolds in the context of an accident, like a car accident, a construction accident, or another type of incident that could have been preventable but for the careless actions of the party being sued. But what about when a person commits suicide? When someone kills themselves, can another person or entity really be held liable?

Families of Sandy Hook victims fight gun manufacturer in court

Families of some children and adults killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre are fighting in court for the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against Freedom Group, the parent company of Bushmaster Firearms. The gun manufacturer is the one that manufactured the AR-15 rifle used in the elementary school attack that killed 20 children and six adults.

After years of improvement, crash data takes a deadly turn

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regularly collects and analyzes crash data, including the number of fatalities, severity of injuries and cause of the accident. For many years now, the agency has released even preliminary data with some fanfare, because the number of fatal crashes has been on a steady decline. So much so, in fact, that 2014 showed the lowest number of fatalities ever reported.

Don't let the death of a loved one ruin your financial life

Families in Pennsylvania rely on each other for a variety of reasons. People trust that their family will be there when they need it. While people often think of their family as their emotional support system, a family is also a financial support system. Each family member has his or her role and often has a duty to provide some sort of service. In some cases, the person may go to work in order to provide for the family. In other situations, a person may stay home and take care of the children. In either case, the person is providing a valuable financial service to the family as a whole.

The elements of a wrongful death suit

An unexpected accident can happen with very little notice. In many cases, an accident is nothing more than a simple problem. They often only result in momentary inconveniences or other minor damage. When these types of accidents happen, very little thought may be given to why the accident occurred.

How are intersections made safer for motorists?

An inattentive driver could make for a very dangerous experience on the roadway. If a motorist is not properly paying attention, the person may travel through an intersection without stopping or yielded at a posted sign or signal. Running a red light or traveling through a stop sign could be the cause of a serious and even fatal collision, causing many to question what could be done to reduce dangerous intersections in Pennsylvania and other states across the nation.

Pennsylvania officials address deadly intersection concerns

While automobile collisions often happen unsuspectingly, dangerous conditions could be the cause of or partially the cause of an accident. An unsafe road or a dangerous intersection could put the lives of numerous drivers and passengers at risk. If these dangerous conditions are known and not addressed properly, state, city and local departments could be liable for the injuries, deaths and damages caused by the unsafe road conditions that led to the incident.

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