Jury Awarded $9 million to Truck Crash Victims After Crash Killed Son, Injured Other Son and Mother Became Paraplegic
A mother and her 14-year-old daughter were passengers in a vehicle driven by 18-year-old daughter. Driver/daughter was driving eastbound on Interstate Highway 94 near Evansville, MN, when she hit a patch of ice and lost control of her Volkswagen. The vehicle spun through a median into oncoming traffic and was struck by a semitrailer. As a result of the accident, the mother became a paraplegic, and 14 year old daughter was partially paralyzed. 17-year-old son died, and her 13 year old son was injured.
The case was brought before a Ramsey County jury for a seven-week trial arguing that Volkswagen was negligent in the making of the vehicle, the truck driver was at fault, and 18 year old daughter was negligent in her driving. After dismissing claims against Volkswagen and the truck driver, the jury awarded almost $9 Million to the mother and injured daughter.