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Ryan Dunn crash results in Pennsylvania wrongful death lawsuit

With all of the focus upon the death of Ryan Dunn in a Pennsylvania car crash that occurred on June 20, 2011, we sometimes forget that there was a passenger in the vehicle that was also killed in that accident. The family of that passenger is now bringing a wrongful death lawsuit against Ryan Dunn's estate and the local bar that was serving alcohol to Dunn just shortly before the fatal crash.

The Porsche that Dunn was driving apparently veered off the road at three o'clock in the morning resulting in the fatal crash. The wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in a Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court.

Wrongful death lawsuits are filed in part to determine precisely how such an accident occurred, and also to provide closure to family members of the deceased. Family members are often dependent upon the deceased for emotional and financial support, and attorneys representing such individuals attempt to at least recover enough compensation so that such family members do not financially struggle because of their loss.

Obviously, no amount of money will ever make up for the death of a family member. Some such members never get over the loss. We attempt to recover such restitution for these individuals so that their suffering is not even more compounded.

The passenger in the car was only 30-years old. This individual was an Iraq War veteran, and he was recently married. The future for him probably seemed hopeful. Unfortunately, it appears that his life was snuffed out due to the carelessness of another.

Source:, "Wrongful-death suit filed in Ryan Dunn crash," August 10, 2012

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