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$4.4 Million Awarded to Family in Automobile Wrongful Death Case

Published August 26, 2009 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

A Utah 4th District Court jury has awarded the family of a man killed in a traffic accident in 2006 almost $4.4 million, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

Due to state law caps on damages against the state and the victim’s share of the responsibility, the award will be reduced by almost $2 million.

The family of the Payson man sued the state Department of Transportation and a subcontractor for failing to post appropriate signs warning of traffic delays as they were working on the reconstruction of a bridge. The man was killed as he came over the crest of a hill and tried to swerve to miss the driver ahead of him who slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting cars stopped because of the bridge project. He crashed his vehicle and died 13 days later.

The jurors awarded almost $3 million for economic damages and $375,000 each for the man’s wife and three children.

If you have been in an accident, it’s important to make sure you understand your legal rights. The attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb and Associates, LLP with their years of experience, can help you navigate through your car accident claim. Contact our offices today at 1-800-825-5529 or use our online contact form.

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