PG&E to pay $5 million to settle California wrongful death lawsuit
Posted on Jul 08, 2010
A San Jose mother has accepted a five million dollar settlement to resolve her wrongful death lawsuit against the California utility company, PG&E.
Linda Bernstein filed the lawsuit to hold PG&E accountable for the 2006 car crash that killed her 20-year-old daughter Mar Bernstein and her boyfriend, Robert Conway. The couple was killed when Mary’s truck was hit by a PG&E utility truck on the 11th Street off ramp to Interstate 280 in San Jose. The driver of the truck was a diabetic who blacked out after not testing his blood sugar.
Last month, PG&E refused to support legislation to make companies more accountable for poor drivers.
Linda Bernstein is currently supporting legislation that would require every company in the state with a fleet of 25 or more vehicles to be automatically notified when an employee is ticketed o r in an accident. As part of the wrongful death settlement, PG&E agreed not to oppose that legislation.
Companies are responsible for ensuring that drivers are fit to drive and are not taking medications or drugs that could make them a danger behind the wheel.
If you have been injured in an industrial or commercial truck crash in Orange County, it is important that you understand your rights. Call the Orange County accident injury attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie to learn more.