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2.09.2010

The Jackie Murphree Civil Trial Is Underway

Background. You've never seen so many potential jurors and lawyers in one place. And it's a bit surreal to see Jackie along with the convicted drunk driver in the same room.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

God Bless the Murphree family. There is no amount of money in the world that could pay them for the pain and suffering Jackie and her family has gone through, but I hope they get enough money from the suit to at least pay for Jackie's care. We love you Jax!

Anonymous said...

Where are they going to get the money from? I doubt if the lady that hit her has any.

Anonymous said...

Good question. In a civil case where do you get the money from if the guilty party has none? Can you put leins on things? But what if they don't own anything?

Anonymous said...

If she had car/ house insurance.....but that is doubtful.
While many Drunk Drivers are serving time she really got away with taking a life without serving.

Anonymous said...

To 11:5s AM--I'm sure the Highway Department and/or the construction company are also defendants. You're right about the lady who hit her, tho.

Anonymous said...

The family has mounting medical bills. I hope both parties get what they deserve.

Anonymous said...

Sad on all accounts. I would guess the money would come from the construction co who had poor signage. the lady who hit her has nothing to take, from what I understand. A sad thing for all involved.

Anonymous said...

The lady was issured - otherwise she wouldn't have been working as a postal carrier. Im's sure there is money there - and in the construction site that failed to create a safe environment during construction. I'm sure they are aslo insured.

Anonymous said...

Surely we can find someone with some money to line the pockets of the lawyers...someone with money must be made to pay...whether they are guilty of anything or not....no one is actually responsible for anything...so find the nearest deep pockets and find a way to blame them...what's a few ruined lives of the people they have to lay off to cover it.

Anonymous said...

What is proper sinage for a drunk driver?

Anonymous said...

3:11....You are a REAL class act!!!!!

Anonymous said...

3:22 The signage was AWFUL during that entire process. There were numerous accidents/fatalities on 380 during that year and many were the fault of the construction company. In this case, sure, someone was driving who shouldn't have been, but she certainly can't pay...can't get blood out of a turnip, so seems somewhat futile to me.

Anonymous said...

3:11 You should keep your comments to yourself. You dont even know what you are talking about. I hope that your family never has to go thru what Jackie's family has. This is in no way a get rich lawsuit. Their lives will never be the same.

Anonymous said...

How much percentage was the construction company and how much percentage was the drunk driver?
Will probably be awarded that way. Also a percentage to the victim?

Anonymous said...

There were numerous accidents in that area related to poor barricades and signage. It was so bad the Murphree family themselves contacted TXDOT and the company responsible (now bankrupt I understand) many times. They themselves had previous close calls multiple times.
God, what a sad situation.

Anonymous said...

D O T should have to pay.Anyone with a part of a brain could see this company had not a clue on how to build a road.I'll bet there is not enough of their bond money left to buy peanuts for a day at the zoo.The road is'nt fit to be called a highway and the engineer from d o t should be fired,DAGO

Emily Graves said...

I live one mile south of 380 on Acorn Drive. When the eastbound lane was closed during the construction and we had to cross over and use the westbound lane for travel, there was no stop sign at the closed eastbound lane. Had I not put on brakes very fast one morning, I would have been T-boned by a TXDOT truck travelling about 50 miles per hour east on the closed road. There were no barricades on the closed road at our entrance to 380.

I'm not sure what will come of this case. But I believe that yes, the drunk driver was at fault. But so was Site Concrete and TXDOT. Had I not thown on my brakes that morning, I would have been hit by a TXDOT truck.

Greta said...

Thank you to all of you for the POSITIVE comments. The support of so many people has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated over the past two years. Please continue to pray for Jackie as she continues on her journey.

Anonymous said...

Think about the bake sales, the fun runs, the spaghetti dinners and the donations taken by cheerleaders at the football games. As I recall even Bridgeport took up money at their football games. Think of all the outpouring of this community in an attempt to help JACKIE........ and then realize that in the end a great percentage, if not all, will go to lawyers. I have often wondered if lawyers feel a quiet sense of excitement when they hear of a tragedy like Jackies.

Anonymous said...

Who was the construction company?

Anonymous said...

What a ridiculous comment, 8:38. Attorneys do their JOBS, and thank God we have them to fight for us! They fight for our rights which would otherwise be trampled by big government, police, and the "good ole boys" in the county, city, and state. It's very sad what happened to this young life, but this family doesn't corner the market on tragedy. It's everywhere...this is just one isolated event. There are thousands out there experiencing similar tragedies and worse every day.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, let's sue everybody and not concentrate on the person who actually hit this girl. What a load of crap. I'm surprized they aren't suing the farmer who's cows may have witnessed the accident.

Anonymous said...

4:36 I'm not 3:11 but, let me instill my thoughts on you. I personally would only go after the DRUNK driver who hit me instead of everyone else whose property was in the vicinity of the accident. If the Miss Murphy had a lone car accident because of the signage then the people who are responsible for the signs should pay. As for the DRUNK driver, she has no right to sue anyone.

Anonymous said...

9:33. If it were your daughter, what would you do? Do you really think that this family is trying to get rich?

Anonymous said...

You people aren't getting it...the driver has nothing to "go after". You can't take money from someone who has none. Perhaps there IS no money due in this case...money doesn't change anything anyway.

Anonymous said...

The drunk driver isn't suing anybody. IT's the family trying to get money out of the event that's suing. In this society, everyone wants to sue somebody for whatever happens to them instead of just moving on.

Anonymous said...

9:58: are you drunk right now? Do you know how many hundreds of thousands of dollars the Murphree family will have to spend on future medical costs for Jackie? I suppose you would just as soon let her die, huh? Move on? You are a worthless piece of crap.

Anonymous said...

You see it isn't about who is actually to blame it is about the costs...so someone has to be made to pay. Medical costs are gonna be expensive and lawyers are expensive so if the person responsible doesn't have enough money...they have to find someone who does and convince a jury that the need overwhelms the who or why. The ends justify the means and if people lose their livelihoods so be it. Nobody cares about that. It is just important that this cost is covered.

Anonymous said...

So the family isn't asking for any punitive damages ...just costs?

Anonymous said...

9:48 I question your intelligence. Did you READ what I stated? That is what I would do. DUHHHHHHHH!

I feel sorry for people like you more so for people who are drug into situations like this that have nothing to do with the actual cause of an accident.

It is morally wrong in my book to charge individuals who do not and did not cause the accident.

Anonymous said...

I just don't get people going up and sitting in and watching something like this. All it would do is make me even more angry that people think society owes them something. Everyone has tragedy in their lives, but not everyone relies on public sympathy and continuing publicity.

Anonymous said...

11:11 if people try to pull stupid stunts like that, I hope they get NOTHING.

Anonymous said...

FYI - There wasn't proper signage. PERIOD - If there was, maybe the drunken idiot would have seen it and stopped. Or Maybe she still would have hit the baricade and softened the impact on Ms. Murphree. The fact that the crews tried to scramble and put the proper baricades up while officers were still working the scene, indicates they KNEW they were in the wrong. AND - it's not like this same company hasn't been in trouble for the same thing before.
Fact is - IF they had done what they knew they were supposed to - they wouldn't be sitting in that court room right now.
For those that have made uneducated and out right stupid remarks - you would probably be the first to sue if you broke a nail in the super market. Yet, you smart-off about a lawyers trying to secure enough money to give Ms. Murphree the 24 hour care she requires?
I hope you never have to go through what these people have gone through. It's obvious by your comments that you would not be able to handle it the way this family has. My heart goes out to them. I hope they get what they deserve - and the same goes for ALL INVOLVED! Including you clueless people!

Anonymous said...

Wow, 3:25. You sure told us!! Doesn't change the fact that someone wants someone else to pay for their own private tragedy. Again, we all have tragedies in life...this family doesn't have the corner on the market, pure and simple fact, whether you like it or not.

Anonymous said...

Again - if the company put up the required signs and baricades - they wouldn't be sitting in the court room , now would they? Pure and simple-whether you like it or not! Corner the market on tragedies???? Please - Like this family thinks they do - They are the first to jump in and help or hit their knees and pray when something bad happens to anyone in the community. It's obvious you don't know them - so quit pretending you have a clue!

Anonymous said...

10:06 am...if your family had the tragedy, YOU WOULD WANT SOMEONE TO PAY! Do you have a money tree to go pick bills off of to take care of a family member who needs around the clock care????

Anonymous said...

First of all, the Murphree family is not paying ANY of the medical. If the family was properly advised, the family would have applied for medicaid and SSI. She would have immediately been accepted and all bills from the date of the accident would be paid, not by the Murphrees, but by the US taxpayers. If they haven't done this, their lawyers are only interested in one thing, their 40% contingency fee. I would bet the farm Miss Murphree is on SSI and has Medicaid for her insurance.
Secondly, if the drunk has minimum or no insurance, you will quickly see why these other defendants were brought into the lawsuit. If the signage was bad as alleged and the family complained to the company several times as one poster said, then the Murphrees should have been the first to stop, look and listen before crossing those "closed" lanes. God bless Miss Murphree. This was obviously a horrible, horrible tragedy

Anonymous said...

9:59
Again -clueless comments - You are talking about things you know nothing about, the least of which is this -Ms. Murphree was STOPPED at the intersection before entering the highway. Monroe plowed into her - READ the report before you flap your mouth. SECOND - yes this is a tragedy - but one that could have been prevented if proper signage was errected as it was supposed to be.
Third - if you really want Ms Murphree to be "blessed" pray for her to be awarded the funds to help take care of her. Because you have been misinformed about the bills! Not surprizing!

Anonymous said...

Not here to call anyone 'clueless', as everyone has their own take on this matter. God Bless the Murphree family for their efforts in light of this tragedy. It appears that Emily Graves may know best what Ms. Murphree should be afforded given her near misses.

I am amazed a contractor can be allowed to build or even bid on a project that was more than 3-times larger than any they had completed before. But this type of tragedy will happen again. Let's pray it does not happen because the contractor was kept in business by other firms willing to turn their heads, and dismiss fundamental requirements, for their own financial benefit.