Back in February, Caitlyn Jenner, then known as Bruce Jenner, was involved in a deadly multi-car crash on Pacific Coast Highway.
One woman died, and several other cars were damaged. Not long after, the victim's stepchildren sued Jenner for wrongful death. Now, Caitlyn Jenner was recently served with a second lawsuit.
The Second Lawsuit
Jessica Marie Steindorff was driving a black Prius down Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on February 7th. Reports of how the crash unfolded vary from source to source. Authorities report that Kim Howe, driving a Lexus, rear-ended Steindorff's Prius. Jenner then rear ended Howe's Lexus, pushing it into traffic where it was struck by a Hummer coming the other way.
However, Steindorff's attorney claims that after Jenner hit Howe's Lexus, Jenner's car continued on and hit Steindorff's car as well.
Steindorff's lawsuit, while providing no new information on the details of the crash or her precise injuries, claims that Jenner "negligently, carelessly, recklessly" drove his car when he crashed into Steindorff's Prius. She wants more than $25,000 to cover lost wages, lost of use of property, medical expenses, property damages, general damages, and loss of earning capacity.
Steindorff is suing for negligence. Negligence means that a defendant breached a duty to the plaintiff to act as a reasonably prudent person would, and that breach caused the plaintiff's injuries and damages.
Was Jenner acting negligently? Police did not find any evidence that Jenner was texting or talking on her phone at the time of the accident. Police performed some field sobriety tests on Jenner which she passed. Also, Jenner was not charged with any crime such as vehicular manslaughter or driving while under the influence.
Admittedly, we do not know all the facts of the crash. Was Jenner speeding? Was she driving too close to Howe's Lexus? A reasonably prudent person would be expected to drive at the speed limit and stay a sufficient distance away from the car in front.
However, accidents do happen even when people are driving reasonably and responsibly.