Posted on August 24th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
A Salt Lake City family received a $4.4 million award verdict over an accident that took the life of their father in 2006 when he attempted to swerve around stopped traffic, running into other vehicles. At the time of the accident, the interstate was under construction and traffic had slowed to a stop. As the the man approached the crest of a hill, the car in front of him saw the traffic and slammed on his brakes. He then tried to swerve and crashed, dying from his injuries two weeks later.
According to the family’s suit, the state Department of Transportation and the subcontractor working on the bridge reconstruction failed to post adequate warnings about traffic delays. The family’s attorney stated that he may have known about the construction, but he did not know where the traffic was backing up. After hearing the facts in the case, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the plaintiff, apportioning partial blame to both the state and the subcontractor, totaling almost $4.4 million in damages. The jury did find that the man was twenty percent liable for the accident, but the suit prompted the state to reevaluate its traffic safety regulations.
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