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Tragedy struck on a day that was supposed to be filled with joy. As they were heading from a wedding to the reception, a car carrying the best man and two bridesmaids was stopped at a red light when it was struck from behind by a car going over 70 mph. The two bridesmaids sustained brain damage, and the best man, a 23-year-old, later died from his injuries.
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The man who crashed into the family was a successful salesman for pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. This was a major point of contention for the case. The driver’s defense team argued that since the accident occurred on a Saturday, the driver wasn’t working at the time, so the pharmaceutical company shouldn’t have even been involved in the case.
McArthur argued that it was this company’s negligence that ultimately contributed to the accident. She says that the driver had a history of driving dangerously: he had at least 12 speeding tickets on his record, all of which involved driving 20 MPH over the speed limit. McArthur says that since the driver was a high performing sales rep, the company disregarded its own policies in letting him operate a company car.
This was a crucial point of the trial. The driver readily admitted guilt, but proving that his employer also shared responsibility was a point of content. Ultimately, the jury sided with the parents who lost their son in the accident.
Due to the nature of the accident, it was not a quick and painless death for the young man. Accordingly, the jury awarded $5 million for pain and suffering and $10 million for the loss of the man’s life. The jury recognized that the young man was just beginning a life filled with promise and potential that would never be fulfilled.
In the interview, McArthur explains that these cases are not cheap to litigate. Her firm hired expert witnesses, reconstructionists, and incurred lots of travel costs since the family lived in Salt Lake City (the accident occurred in Georgia).
However, the firm fronted all of these costs, and since they work on a contingency basis, the family filing the suit owed no legal fees until the case ended in their favor. McArthur says the firm is very careful in the types of cases they choose to take on.
Anyone worried about this kind of lawsuit being too expensive can rest easy in the fact that most personal injury attorneys do not charge upfront fees or costs. In cases like this, if it doesn’t end in your favor, you won’t be responsible for any attorney fees.
To learn more, call 888-511-3130 or fill out the contact form on the side of the page.
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