Los Angeles jury awards $150 million to girl who saw family die in fiery freeway crash

  • Article by: DAISY NGUYEN , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 29, 2013 - 12:00 PM

LOS ANGELES — A jury has determined a trucking company and one of its drivers should pay $150 million in damages to a 13-year-old girl who watched her family burn to death in a fiery crash on a Southern California freeway nearly four years ago.

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minn12Oct. 29, 13 1:32 PM

While this is extremely tragic, according to the facts of the case, the father drove his vehicle into the back of the parked truck. The truck was all the way on the shoulder, off the roadway. The State Patrol found no evidence the father hit any debris on the roadway. While the truck may not have had any lights on, normal driving rules require that you cannot 'outdrive' your headlights. Meaning you have to be able to stop in time to avoid a crash. This verdict seems to be based on the tragedy that occurred, rather than the actual facts of the case, and the jury award is clearly excessive. Cases like this are why all of our insurance rates keep skyrocketing.

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gemie1Oct. 29, 13 2:07 PM

This is a very tragic case but the award is way out of proportion. This is the type of award you would find in a class action suit. My heart goes out to the little girl and all the pain she has seen and experienced in her young life. How tragic that she lost her only surviving sibling to suicide but how is the driver responsible for him not getting the psychological help he needed to work through the grief and trauma.

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uswpas15Oct. 30, 13 9:00 PM

runaway juries...totally out of line...

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trythinkingOct. 30, 13 9:43 PM

These outlandish awards get appealed and negotiated down to more reasonable settlements. Of course, the attorneys sure don't want to give up their $50 million contingency fee, but the insurance company is not going to just pay out whatever a jury awards. They'll fight it.

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