“Midnight Rider” Producers Face Wrongful Death Lawsuit for Assistant’s Death
In February, six crew members were injured and one – 27-year-old assistant cameraman Sarah Jones – was killed on the set of “Midnight Rider,” produced by a Pasadena-based company and based on the memoir of Gregg Allman. Now, Sarah Jones’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
On February 20th, a freight train barreled through the set of the movie, and Jones was killed after being struck by the train. Unfortunately, train injuries occur more often than you might think. According to Operation Lifesaver, there were 2087 accidents in 2013, leading to 929 injuries and 251 fatalities
The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Chatham County, Georgia, where the movie was being shot. Richard and Elizabeth Jones, Sarah’s parents, allege that the producers Randall Miller and his wife, Jody Savin, were negligent on the set and that led to their daughter’s death.
The Jones’s wrongful death suit names the production company, Unclaimed Freight Productions, its local production partner Meddin Studios, CSX Transportation (who operated the train), and Open Road Films (the owner of movie theatres Regal and AMC, which planned to distribute the film). Several crew members were also named in the wrongful death lawsuit.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified punitive damages for a litany of alleged safety violations that led to the train tearing through the movie set. Reportedly, the producers did not have permission from the railway to film on the tracks, and misled the crew regarding their safety. The producers did not, allegedly, take standard and required safety precautions, including failing to host a safety meeting before filming, no on-site medic, and failing to have a railway representative on site.
“By committing these acts, or failures to act, the ‘Midnight Rider’ defendants operated without minimum safety precautions and contrary to standard industry practices for productions of this scale and for productions involving dangerous filming conditions,” according to the suit, prepared by the Atlanta firm of Harris Penn Lowry.
“While the crew had been told they would have 60 seconds to remove themselves, the equipment, and the hospital bed from the trestle bridge, the train approached with a rapid speed and the crew had less than 60 seconds to react,” the lawsuit states.
The accident occurred on the first day of filming, and has prompted multiple investigations into both federal and state agencies.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits in South Carolina
The unexpected loss of a loved is a very painful experience. While mourning their loss, surviving family members are often with mounting medical bills, the loss of an income, and sudden expenses such as hospital bills and funeral costs.
If a loved one dies as a result of the negligence, reckless, or intentional conduct of another, you may be entitled to bring a claim for wrongful death. A wrongful death lawsuit asserts a claim against a person who can be held legally responsible for a death. Surviving family members may be entitled to damages; money that can help with the expenses caused by the loss of their loved one.
Depending upon the circumstances, our South Carolina wrongful death attorneys may also assert a claim for punitive damages intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from engaging in such behavior.
The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The wrongful death lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC, will help you during this extremely difficult and emotional time. You do not have to face the emotional and financial pain of a loved one’s wrongful death alone. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800