Jury Awards $13.7 Million in Chicago, Illinois Car Accident Lawsuit
Posted on February 24th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
Chicago plaintiffs finally have closure after losing their son over four years ago in tragic car accident that left three others seriously injured. This month, a jury awarded the family $13.7 million in damages after concluding that the driver was 98% liable for the victim’s death.
In August 2004, the victim was working as a BMW salesman and took the defendant and two of his friends out for a test drive in a BMW 530i sedan. The defendant was only 20- years old and during the drive, he increased his speed to 90 mph in a 45 mph zone. The BMW then clipped another vehicle and crashed into a light pole with the brunt of the impact on the passenger side, killing the victim and causing critical injuries in the other passengers.
After recovering from his injuries, the defendant pled guilty to aggravated speeding in 2005, but denied liability for the salesman’s death claiming that he was the one who encouraged him to drive faster than the speed limit and never advised him to slow down. Furthermore, the test drive violated the dealer’s policy because they drove the car outside of the established route.
The plaintiffs, however, believed that their son, the salesman, would still be alive if the driver had used better judgment behind the wheel.
Following a one-week trial, a jury agreed with the plaintiffs and returned a $13.7 million verdict stating that the defendant was 98% responsible for the accident under the Illinois Comparative Negligence statute.
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