Jenner Dismissed of Criminal Charges, Civil Pending

Caitlyn Jenner has had a very eventful year with the most notable being her gender transition. However, Jenner has also been in the news because of a tragic and deadly car accident which she was involved in on the PCH earlier this year.


The accident which occurred near Corral Canyon Road involved Jenner, driving a Cadillac Escalade with a trailer towing a dune buggy, rear ending 69 year old Kim Howe’s Lexus which sent it into oncoming traffic. Howe’s vehicle was hit by a Hummer driving in the opposite direction, and she passed away at the scene.


Jenner Cleared of All Criminal Charges


After the incident, there was a question as to whether or not the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office would charge Jenner with a misdemeanor manslaughter charge. In late September 2015, prosecutors determined that they would not be able to prove in court that Jenner was responsible for the February crash because:


  • Jenner had applied her brakes
  • Jenner was driving “slightly below” the speed limit


The Case Continues…


What many do not realize, however, is that having criminal charges dropped does not mean that a civil trial will end the same way. In fact, in many instances, we are able to win civil trials and ensure that fair compensation is received despite criminal charges being dismissed.


Two parties have filed civil lawsuits against Jenner: the deceased’s stepchildren and Jessica Marie Steindorff, another individual who was involved in the accident and who has filed for personal injury. The outcome of these lawsuits is yet to be seen, but both feel confident that they will enjoy a positive outcome.


To Sue or to Settle?


A lot of law experts believe that Jenner will try to settle with both parties outside of court.


When we meet with clients here at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP, they often ask us whether they should settle or whether they should sue. Depending on your particular circumstances, we may recommend one over the other.


There are a few advantages to settling a car accident claim outside of court. These include:


  • You will receive your compensation sooner than if you were to go to court
  • You will avoid sinking hours into the case (attending court hearings, depositions, trials, etc.)
  • You do not need to leave the decision to a jury


On the other hand, suing responsible parties may result in higher and more fair compensation for an injured party.


At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP we offer free consultations so that everyone in the Southern California area can learn their rights and better understand their case before making this important decision. We welcome your contact today at (310) 273-1230.