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2.22.2010

Jackie Murphree Verdict Today?

It was a packed house for closing arguments this morning and the jury is deliberating. I think (didn't watch much of this) the jury will be asked if the drunk driver, Site Concrete, and/or Austin Bridge were negligent and, if so, what is the percentage of fault between them. One big issue I need an answer to is to what extent, if any, those with less responsibility have to pay the other's share of the judgment if they cannot. For example, it's a given that the drunk driver will be found negligent with a tremendous amount of fault being placed on her. If any of the other defendants are found liable, will they have to pay her share? This is civil tort law and not my area, but I know where I can find about 10 guys that will give me the answer.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

You need 51% or more on a defendant for that defendant to have joint and several liability. So, in this case, just to use a number, if damages are $1M, each defendant would be liable only for their actual % of liability unless that % is 51% or more...in that case, the plaintiffs could go after the entire $1M from that defendant.

Anonymous said...

If it goes as you say, I sure hope the Murphy's can sleep at night after forcing people who are not responsible for the accident to pay for the person who is responsible for the accident.

I sure couldn't.

Anonymous said...

I find it funny that Austin Bridge was finished with their work two weeks before this accident and they are invlolved in this suit. Lets get all the money we can!!

Anonymous said...

...and, for what it is worth, there is no joint and several liability for exemplary damages.

Anonymous said...

I would think that the major question the jury keeps asking is if there were the correct barriers in place would this accident have taken place regardless of whether or not the defendant was drunk.

Anonymous said...

Someone might check, but I think that was the only accident during the construction of 380.

Anonymous said...

There were multiple accidents in the same area during construction. One company left the job. This was the last accident (since they fixed the barrier problem after the fact).

Anonymous said...

3:41 D.J Reasonser and 3 others were killed @ 2700 W. U.S. 380 when the construction was underway. The accident was a one car-multiple rollover due to the conditions of the roadway.
I would have loved to sit on this jury, but I would have been excluded because I know the Monroe's, Murphree's and in law enforcement for a long time.
Jackie had a stop sign @ the current (then improved roadway) that crossed the construction of the highway c-zone.
Monroe had access to the c-zone of U.S. 380, she never encountered signs, barricades or other warnings.
FINDING: $0 Monroe, $0 Murphree and Site Concrete Insurance $42.4 million.
.......Site Concrete and their (un)well trained staff would be found liable.

Anonymous said...

There was only one other accident and it was closer to big Sandy a wife was killed taking lunch to her husband.

bigfan said...

i'm not sure how many accidents there were, but i know an awful lot of people were driving on the now west bound lanes, while it was supposed to be closed. The Sheriff's office would get calls almost daily!

Anonymous said...

3:41...if you are a friend of Bettys you should have come to court to support her...if you had you would have heard there was not a stop sign for Jackie.

Anonymous said...

I thought the reasoner kid died because he was driving like 130.

Anonymous said...

One other killed just east of sandy while passing on the right shoulder.They sued the person he passed the company he worked for as well as the person he head-oned after losing control.Hell I could have been sued and I was'nt there.It just runs the legal bill up.DAGO

bigfan said...

9:40, your a douche!

Joe duty said...

aare there jurors in this photo?