In 2004, two Santa Cruz sisters were killed when their rental car caught
fire and collided with a truck head-on on Highway 101 near Bradley. The
Chrysler PT Cruiser was rented out to the victims by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Although the vehicle had been recalled a month prior to the accident due
to a potential fire hazard, the rental company did not take it in for
the appropriate repairs.
After the tragedy, the parents of the victims started working to push a
bill that would force rental car companies to take recalled vehicles out
of commission until repairs are made. The proposal steadily gained momentum
and drew support from politicians, consumer advocacy groups, and even
rental car companies.
The bill, named after the Santa Cruz sisters, faced no opposition in proceedings
by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and was
passed unanimously late July.
“No other parents should have to suffer such a horrific loss because
a rental car company hasn’t bothered to get an unsafe recalled car
repairs,” said the sisters’ mother. “If this bill had
been in effect when my daughters rented that recalled car, they would
still be alive today.”
The death of the Santa Cruz sisters is an unfortunate tragedy that could
have been prevented if Enterprise Rent-A-Car was not so neglectful. The
Santa Cruz wrongful death attorneys at
Caputo & Van Der Walde LLPs believe that such injustices should not go unpunished. We devote our
knowledge and skills gained from years of practice to helping families
gain compensation from dishonest companies that take the lives of innocent
victims through reprehensible business practices. For more information
on our firm and the services we provide, call us today.