Jury Awards Car Crash Victim’s Family $13 Million
December 18th, 2012|
Dec. 18, 2012
The family of an Alabama woman who died in an Alabama car accident caused by a drugged driver recently won a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver responsible for the crash. WTVY 4 News reports that a jury reached a decision to award the family $13 million in damages this Tuesday.
The crash took place in Oct. 2009 at the corner of Willowbrook Drive and Bailey Cove Road in Huntsville. The 26-year-old woman was on Willowbrook Road approaching the intersection with Bailey Cove. But as she made a turn, a pickup truck driven by a 54-year-old man struck her vehicle. The impact of the accident caused the truck to collide with two other vehicles before coming to rest.
An investigation following the accident determined that the man driving the pickup was under the influence of the prescription narcotic drugs Xanax and Methadone at the time of the accident. He was convicted of criminal offenses related to the accident and is currently serving time for those crimes. The decision in the civil case against him means he will now also be responsible for paying the jury’s award to the family.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers understand the difficulties associated with losing a loved one in an accident and hope the decision will bring a sense of closure to the family.