Here's your warning: this appears to be a case that will have people again howling for legal reform. According to USA Today, on July 26, 2009 Diane Schuler drove her minivan the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway in New York, eventually colliding head-on with an SUV. Schuler was killed, along with her daughter and three nieces. The three men in the SUV were also killed. Let's pause a moment right here and quote one of the parties in the subsequent events, who admitted that things "pale in comparison to the real tragedy of the day." Among those events, though, is a feeding frenzy of lawsuits.
Toxicology reports determined that Schuler was both drunk and high at the time of the collision, findings her husband, Daniel, has consistently said cannot be true. Official accounts of Schuler's behavior on the day, however, would suggest she was certainly under the influence of something.

In fact, Daniel Schuler doesn't believe his wife is at all at fault in the crash. He has filed suit against the state of New York alleging that the state's "negligence, carelessness and recklessness" concerning highway upkeep and signage are the only reasons his daughter suffered fatal injuries. Specifically, he insists that highway conditions were unsafe, lanes weren't properly marked and there weren't barriers and cones to provide adequate warning.

Schuler has also filed suit against his late wife's brother, Warren Hance, who was the father of three of the girls in the car who died. Schuler contends that since Hance owned the minivan that Diane was driving, Hance is also at fault. On top of all of that, a relative of one of the victims in the SUV is suing the sister of the SUV's driver, alleging that the late driver's estate bears some responsibility for him being hit head-on by Diane Schuler. If you were looking for a new definition of the word "mess," this is probably it...


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      Cam
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was one of the fireman who responded to this accident when it happened. Because of where we were located at the time, by the time my truck got there we weren't needed, but I saw the devestation first hand. I've lived in this area my whole life and driven/been driven that highway 100's of times, and I also drive past the exit ramp she used to enter this highway on a frequent basis. This lawsuit holds no water whatsoever. The ramp is clearly marked. There is not one sign near the ramp that would make one think it is an entrance to the highway. Not to mention that there are always cars using that ramp to exit the highway. She drove by cars on the ramp who were exiting and they were all honking their horns and flashing their lights. There were a number of drivers who called the cops and told them they flashed their lights and honked their horns when she passed them the wrong way on the highway. She knew exactly what she was doing. It is impossible that she didn't. I have been following this every since it happened and for this man to be dragging this on is an absolute disgrace. Everytime I think of what I saw, especially now that I have a son, it's devestating. I'd say this man should be locked up but then his son, who was the only survivor of the crash, would have no one. No mom, no dad, and no sister.
        QuangT
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cam
        He doesn't need a dad like that. It's better off that the state takes him before the dad turns him into a D-Bag like himself.
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      So sad, his wife, daughter, and nieces are dead and he blames the stateand his brother inlaw. He really is a worthless human being.
      usa1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. That appears to be a new low for lawsuits in the US. Good to see the US leading in one metric. Easy way to fix this. Make the loser in a lawsuit responsible for both party's legal fees. Poof. 95% of all lawsuit would disappear overnight. It would make 95% of the lawyers disappear too. Would anyone miss them?
        microtitan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @usa1
        That is exactly what is wrong with the justice system here. Anyone can come along and sue me for some things they made up, I will have to hire a lawyer. If I loose, I pay. If I win, I still have to pay.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        A horribly written piece of **** about a bunch of other pieces of **** that are now fighting over who gets what **** because some of them were high as a kite on some **** and decided to drive without giving a ****.
      Soccer Mom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only in America, ladies and gentlemen, only in America.
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since I live on Long Island, I've been hearing about this story since day 1, and this comes as no surprise. This fool has been in denial since day one, always doubting EVERYTHING the police and witnesses said. Hopefully this gets thrown out and he can realize that his wife was completely at fault and move on with what remains of his life.
        QuangT
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        They need to throw his ass in jail and make him pay back all the wasted tax dollars on this case.
      carfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      This guy belongs in a mental institution (and so does the judge who even considers allowing this case to go to trial)
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Next thing you know, he gonna sue the relatives of three men that were killed in the SUV for being in her way.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dennis Baskov
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      Bryant Keith
      • 3 Years Ago
      He should try being home some so he would know that his wife was a drunk and a drug user and maybe he wouldn't let his wife drive his kid in an impaired state and he would atleast still have his daughter
      StreetsideStig
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any Judge who doesn't immediately dismiss this case needs to be fired.
      JaredN
      • 3 Years Ago
      The biggest disgrace is not that this guy is suing, it is that he found an officer of the court willing to represent him in this frivolous lawsuit.
        GMan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JaredN
        As a lawyer, if you can convince an idiot to hand cash over so you represent him...why not? It's like taking candy from a baby.
          JaredN
          • 3 Years Ago
          @GMan
          Being party to a lawsuit that you know is frivolous, can't win, and serves only to suck cash out both parties is morally wrong and a perversion of our legal system. If you can't see that, then you are clearly part of the problem.
          GMan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @GMan
          I'm not saying the lawyer is RIGHT to take the case. I'm saying that's their thought process.
      KC
      • 3 Years Ago
      There's a whole lot of bad karma for that Shuler guy. How tragic for everyone involved, but trying to profit from it. This guy is going to hell.
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