Murray & Murray Wins at Trial and Thwarts Insurance Company’s Attempt to Deny Policy Benefits for a Fatal Car Crash
January 13, 2015
(SANDUSKY, Ohio) - Murray & Murray recently litigated on behalf of a family who lost a husband and father to a fatal Lucas County car crash that was caused by a negligent driver in the summer of 2012. Murray & Murray partner, James L. Murray, represented the family, along with co-counsel, Paul Belazis.
The accident occurred at an intersection, where the deceased was turning and was almost immediately struck at high speed by the defendant’s oncoming vehicle. The defendant’s insurance company claimed that the crash resulted from the deceased failing to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic. However, the family of the deceased was convinced that he was not at fault for the crash that caused his death.
Jim Murray, along with co-counsel, obtained the “black box” information from the defendant’s truck, which indicated that the defendant was travelling 16 miles per hour faster than the speed limit just seconds before the impact of the crash. The defendant’s insurer refused to meet the family’s reasonable settlement demands and the case went to trial. At trial, Jim used light sequencing data from the Toledo engineer’s department and the black box data, along with the defendant’s testimony and expert crash testimony to prove to the jury that defendant drove negligently and was attempting to “beat the light.” Even though the defendant was the only crash witness, Jim was able to prove that the defendant entered the intersection on a red light before the collision. The jury determined that the deceased and his family suffered $750,000 in damages.
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