A trip to Los Angeles to visit family for Easter for a Bend Oregon woman turned tragic on April 10, 2010. The 52-year-old Oregon woman had filled her Ford Explorer with Easter baskets to give to her grandchildren. Sources has said that a UPS truck made an abrupt lane change on Interstate 5 and collided with the young grandmother's Ford, causing a fatal car accident. A witness to the crash says that the Easter baskets were scattered on the I-5 after the crash.
A jury was presented evidence recently regarding what happened on the day of the car accident. The jury heard evidence, including the testimony of a witness to the crash who reportedly testified about the driving conduct of the UPS driver, which the witness reportedly characterized as unsafe.
UPS denied that the driver acted with negligence on the day of the crash. The company reportedly filed papers in court that argued the tragic crash was nothing more than "an unavoidable accident or sudden emergency."
Portland personal injury lawyers know that many cases never go before a jury. Often the parties file papers in court and negotiations in a personal injury or wrongful death case continue, while the court hears legal arguments whether a case should be presented to a jury. Some cases settle, some may be dismissed, while some are presented in court for a determination of the facts by a judge or jury.
The recent wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of the Bend, Oregon woman was heard by a jury. In the end, the jury reviewed the information, and Monday found in favor of the family. The jury awarded a seven figure wrongful death verdict.
Obviously, the jury's verdict can never replace what the family lost in the fatal accident. In the end, however, the verdict may send a message to commercial truck companies that negligence on American roads should not be tolerated.
Source: Sacramento Bee, "Sacramento jury awards $2.9 million to family of woman killed in UPS truck crash," Andy Furillo, April 3, 2012