[Ed. – Hey, everything else is collapsing. Why not basic judicial reason?]
A Utah woman has been granted the ability to sue herself for negligence in the case of a deadly accident that killed her husband in 2011.
The Utah Court of Appeals has ruled that Barbara Bagley will be allowed to proceed with a wrongful-death lawsuit against herself for alleged negligence in the Dec. 27, 2011 accident east of Battle Mountain, Nev., that killed her husband, the Salt Lake City Tribune reports. Court documents show that Bagley will be suing the driver of the vehicle, Bagley, for an unspecified amount of money stemming from losses in medical, funeral costs and mental anguish. …
Court documents show that Bagley claims she was negligent for failing to maintain proper control of her vehicle and for not keeping a proper lookout as she was driving.
The case was dismissed by Third District Judge Paul Maughan in 2014 but the Utah Appeals Court last week reinstated the suit in a 3-0 ruling that state law doesn’t ban Bagley from suing herself for damages.
Attorneys for Bagley say the widow is pursuing legal action for the benefit of the estate, and not just herself. Creditors will be paid prior to Bagley receiving the money she’d receive as her husband’s sole heir.