Caitlyn Jenner settles civil suit in fatal 2014 crash
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Caitlyn Jenner settles civil suit in fatal 2014 crash

An undisclosed settlement agreement has been reached in a lawsuit filed against Caitlyn Jenner regarding her role in a multi-car collision last year in Malibu that resulted in a woman's death.

The accident occurred before Jenner's subsequent transition from Bruce to Caitlyn. Involved in the accident was plaintiff and Hollywood agent, Jessica Steindorff, who filed suit last summer. She sought compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and property damages. Additionally, she asked for $25,000 in punitive damages. As reported by TMZ, the insurance company for Jenner agreed to a settlement,

Plaintiff was driving on the Pacific Coast Highway on Feb. 7, 2015, in her Prius when a local realtor rear-ended her with her Lexus. Jenner then slammed into the Lexus in a Cadillac Escalade, which sent the Lexus into a Hummer. The realtor died instantly in the collision.

Steindorff alleged in her complaint that the Escalade continued moving after striking the Lexus, which subsequently damaged her Prius and caused her injuries.

Two additional lawsuits are pending against Jenner. Plaintiffs in those separate suits include the survivors of the deceased woman and the Hummer driver. The District Attorney for Los Angeles County considered charging Jenner with manslaughter for her role in the fatal crash, but closed the criminal investigation in September without filing any charges.

This case illustrates the role of multiple defendants in personal injury litigation in multi-car accidents where there are injuries and deaths. Often liability is shared in an accident, but to determine a percentage to assign fault can be tricky. Doing so successfully usually requires the skill and experience a legal professional can provide.

Source: Huffington Post, "Caitlyn Jenner Settles Lawsuit Over Fatal Malibu Car Crash," Joe Satran, Dec. 31, 2015

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