Almost a year after three children were orphaned in a tragic minivan crash outside of Houston, the relatives of those killed in the Texas traffic accident have filed lawsuits against car company Chrysler as well as the driver who they say caused the accident.
In July 2011, Joshua and Robin Berry were returning to Houston with their three young children after a vacation in their 2003 Town & Country minivan. On US 285 South near Fort Stockton, driver Mike Scott Doyle became distracted from the road and veered into the Berry vehicle. Both Joshua and Robin were killed in the accident, while all three of their children suffered serious injuries – two were left paralyzed.
The Houston car accident lawsuit puts forth that the Chrysler minivan was aggressively marketed for its safety features, but that the vehicle was defective in protecting the family from serious injuries as advertised. The seatbelts did not properly restrain the children as they should, according to the injury lawsuit, while the crashworthiness of the van was not up to standards. During the crash, the family believes, the safety cage collapsed and the restraints did not do their job.
The Texas wrongful death lawsuit also puts forth that Doyle is partially at fault for the accident because he was driving while distracted and left his lane of travel.
The Berry children have received an outpouring of support from Texas residents, as well as celebrities, after the accident last summer. In the TX car accident claim, they are asking for unspecified damages.