Readers may recall that former Olympic athlete and reality television star Caitlyn Jenner was involved in a fatal car crash last year. A 69-year-old woman was killed in the chain-reaction collision on the Pacific Coast Highway.
Jenner was sued by another driver in the crash, and was investigated for speeding, though she was never charged. Now, she has filed litigation of her own. According to USA TODAY, Jenner has filed a cross-complaint against paparazzi who she says were stalking her down the highway and contributed to the deadly crash.
According to Jenner’s lawsuit, she was distracted by the photographers chasing her, and thus did not notice that a vehicle in front of her had braked suddenly.
Jenner’s suit alleges that the photographers should be held partly responsible for the woman’s death.
In many states including California, the principles of “comparative fault” apply in any auto, truck or other vehicle collision. When multiple vehicles are involved, a judge or jury must determine how to apportion all blame, based on a 100% scale. In cases where the injured person is also at fault, a jury may apportion blame to the victim as well.