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Jury Awards $37.6 Million In Wrongful Death Suit

A jury awarded $37.6 million to a man’s family after he wrongfully died in an automobile accident. The man was traveling with his son and nephew on a highway. All of the passengers in the SUV were using their seat belts. The defendant was driving an 18 wheel tractor trailer, was traveling at a high rate of speed on the route. In a 16 second period of time, the defendant passed over three sets of rumble strips designed to warn drivers of an impending stop sign, two signs stating “Intersection ahead”, and two signs stating “Stop ahead.” The defendant ran over two oversized stop signs and then collided into the decedent’s vehicle. As a result of the truck accident, the driver was instantly killed and the two minor passengers sustained various personal injuries. The family alleged that the defendant driver was negligent in failing to stop for the stop sign and in causing the fatal truck accident. They additionally stated that the driver violated the “hours of service requirement” and intentionally ran the stop sign. To read the full story, click here.