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Port of Los Angeles sued by parents of boys who drowned

There is no greater fear for parents of young children than their children dying. When that happens, if there is fault, parents may file a lawsuit alleging what is legally known as wrongful death. This was done recently by the parents of two boys who drowned in waters overseen by the Port of Los Angeles.

In addition to the Port, the lawsuit names Los Angeles County, Honda North America, Jiffy Lube International, and the state Department of Transportation. Along with wrongful death, it alleges negligence, strict product liability, and dangerous condition of a public property.

According to previous statements from police, the plaintiffs and their sons were in a 1998 Honda Civic on April 9, 2015. They were in the Ports O'Call Village parking lot in San Pedro. They left and proceeded to Berth 73, where they ran off the road at about 5 p.m. and landed upside down in about 30 feet of water.

The boys, reportedly, struggled for their lives. Both died by drowning, though both parents survived. The lawsuit says the government entities that it names were negligent due to failing to place barriers in the place that the accident occurred. Those barriers, the lawsuit says, could have prevented the car from sliding off the roadway and thus prevented it from going into the water where the couple's sons drowned.

The couple also alleges that Juffy Lube shares liability due to substandard maintenance on their vehicle. They further say that Honda shares liability as well due to the car's faulty braking system.

Accidents like these happen for a variety of reasons. People who believe they have a basis for a wrongful death lawsuit should review the facts with their attorney.

Source: Palos Verdes Patch, "Parents Whose Boys Drowned in Port of L.A. Sue Port, City and Others," May 12, 2016

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