In California last year, Chester Hanks – or Chet Hanks as most people
call him – allegedly
rear-ended a man, Mr. Moogan. Now a lawsuit is being filed against Chet’s father,
the famous Hollywood actor Tom Hanks. But why does the lawsuit target
the celebrity who wasn’t even there at the time of the collision?
Mr. Moogan contends that Chet was under the influence of drugs and
alcohol when he slammed into him. Due to the fact that Tom Hanks and his wife,
Rita Wilson who is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit, knew their
son had a history of substance abuse, Mr. Moogan claims they should not
have let him drive their vehicle. In the argument brought up in the case,
this would account as negligence and thus accountability.
Complications and Suspicions
Pinpointing liability and moments of negligence in any
car accident case can be difficult but it is not a part of the process that can be
overlooked or skimped. How far can accountability extend in such a case?
How much evidence would be needed to prove it? Attorneys on both sides
of this claim certainly have their work cut out for them.
There is also an underlying suspicion that the plaintiff has targeted Tom
Hanks and not Chet Hanks under the assumption that more money could be
recovered from the actor. Does this suspicion have any weight on the case?
If it is proven to be his motivation, would his claim be invalid? All
of these questions and more will require the case to develop, and possibly
go to court, before they are definitively answered.
If you have been involved in an accident in Rochester,
contact our Rochester car accident attorney Robert King to discuss your legal options.