Elon Musk’s SpaceX was cleared of liability this week in relation to a $20 million wrongful lawsuit filed by the family of a Texas man who was killed in a near-fatal car crash. company facility in the suburbs of Brownsville, Texas.
The family of Carlos Venegas, 35, is searching for damages after he was killed and members of his family were seriously injured in a collision with an 18-wheeler. A complaint alleges the truck blocked a public highway in Texas while attempting to enter a SpaceX facility for deliveries.
A US District Judge dismissed the lawsuit against SpaceX, agreeing with the recommendation of a magistrate judge, who argued that Texas legal precedent protected the company from liability in the crash.
“The obligation of a landowner to exercise reasonable care so as not to jeopardize the safety of those on contiguous highways does not create an obligation to protect passing motorists from negligence. probability of an independent contractor over which the landowner has no control and has the authority to carry out his duties Landowners have no reason to suspect,” said U.S. Authority Judge Ronald Morgan said in the dismissal recommendation, according to Bloomberg.
The Venegas family originally sued SpaceX for negligence last March.
According to the complaint, the family was returning home from a camping trip in the early morning hours of June 7, 2020, when their vehicle crashed into a truck trying to turn into a SpaceX facility.
Carlos Venegas died of a head injury at the scene of the accident, while his wife and child suffered spinal and leg injuries.
“Without any reflective signs, lighting of any kind, warning signs, reflective markings, stop lights, stop signs, cones, security personnel or safety systems, the Venegas family the truck could not be seen at all,” the lawsuit said. the San Antonio Express-News.
Attorneys for the Venegas family argued that SpaceX did not take adequate safety measures to protect drivers near the facility. Meanwhile, SpaceX claims that they are not responsible because the accident did not happen on their property.
SpaceX conducts launches from its Brownsville facility. The private space company plans to launch thousands of satellites into orbit in the coming years.
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