May 16, 2013
Last Friday, a Charlotte, North Carolina, development company was ordered by a Mecklenburg County jury to pay the families of the three victims of a fatal North Carolina Car Accident $6 million in damages.
The case stemmed from a crash that occurred on April 4, 2009, along N.C. 49, just south of Steele Creek. Two motorists were involved in an illegal street race on the highway when one of their vehicles struck another car that was pulling out from Riverpointe Drive. A story from WCNC News explained the impact of the collision killed a 13-year-old passenger in the vehicle that was racing, along with the driver of the other vehicle involved and her 2-year-old daughter.
The families of the victims later filed suit against the development company that maintained traffic signals along roads in the area. They argued that the company was negligent in having not installed a traffic signal at the intersection.
During the ensuing trial, the company claimed it had conducted traffic studies at the site in question that had determined there was no need for a signal. The jury hearing the case disagreed and awarded a total of $3 million to each family for the deaths of their children.
The North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers with HensonFuerst recognize how traumatic the loss of a loved one in a motor vehicle accident can be. The firm is hopeful the decision helps brings a sense of closure to the tragedy for the families of the victims.