Woman Awarded $2.7 Million After Her Car Hits Dead Horse
The Seattle Times reports a jury has awarded a 44 year-old woman $2.7 million for the severe injuries she suffered in 2001 when her car struck a dead horse left on the road by a telephone company truck driver.
The victim was driving home at night from working at her family-owned gas station when the accident happened. An earlier motorist saw the dead horse and had gone to find the owner when she saw the woman’s 1994 Ford Explorer hit the horse.
The jury found the phone company was responsible for the crash. The driver left the scene of the accident without alerting other motorists of the dead horse in the road. The phone company’s protocol following an accident requires stopping and taking steps to prevent further accidents. The driver had safety equipment such as traffic cones, reflecting cones, and flares in his truck to use to alert other drivers.
The woman suffered full body whiplash and continues to suffer from pain. Her family’s gas station closed mostly due to her inability to work her normal 60 hours a week.
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