Harvey Weinstein sues Stellantis for 2019 accident in loaned vehicle

Posted: June 10, 2022

NEW YORK, NY (June 10, 2022) – Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, 70, is suing Fiat Chrysler, now part of Stellantis, for a 2019 accident in a Jeep that caused significant injury.

Weinstein is seeking $5 million for the accident alleged to have been caused by the Jeep’s brakes failing as he swerved to avoid hitting a deer. Although he was wearing a seatbelt, Weinstein sustained serious “catastrophic” injuries and continuous pain and suffering, according to the report.

The car was loaned to Weinstein in exchange for placement in a movie, reports say.

Stellantis issued a statement that it intends to “vigorously” defend the claims brought against it in the lawsuit.

Harvey Weinstein had back surgery in December 2019 following the accident that occurred in August 2019, and was seen with a walker assisting his weakened state when he appeared in court.

Weinstein is currently in prison for his involvement in sexual assault against five women and is awaiting another trial.

Liability In New York Car Accidents

Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States.  According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:

  • Speeding
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All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.

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  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

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