Fatal car accidents frequently generate lawsuits by the victims' surviving family members. Most often, these lawsuits will name the drivers of the other vehicles as defendants. But in some cases, the plaintiffs and their attorneys conclude that other parties are at fault as well, and the litigation expands.
A deadly accident that occurred in 2013 received national publicity when it popularized the term "affluenza." The word was used during defense testimony in reference to a teenage drunk driver's reported inability to understand, due to his privileged upbringing, the concept that serious car accidents can result from drunk driving.