Plaintiffs Awarded $600,000 After City of Eureka Found Partially Responsible for Crash
Press release from Bragg, Mainzer & Firpo, LLP:
On June 29, 2018, a Humboldt County jury found the City of Eureka responsible for a 2014 crash on Campton Road.
On October 15, 2014, two elderly women were traveling northbound on Campton Road, when a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, and operated by a teenager on her way to school, lost control and collided with them, causing major injuries.
The jury was provided evidence that showed that since at least the mid-1970s the City of Eureka knew that the portion of Campton Road where this crash occurred was improperly built and that the condition of the road was contributing to vehicles losing control. The jury was also provided evidence that since the late 1980s, the City had allowed the surface of Campton Road to wear smooth, further increasing the likelihood of crashes.
Witnesses presented by the Plaintiffs showed that while the crash rate on the section Campton Road where the crash occurred was 352% higher than the expected rate, the City of Eureka took no meaningful steps since the late 1980’s to fix the roadway.
The jury found that the teenage driver was 30% responsible for the crash and that the City of Eureka was 70% responsible for the crash. The two plaintiffs were awarded $600,000.00 in damages. Prior to trial, the City of Eureka offered Plaintiffs nothing.
Plaintiffs were represented by Ben Mainzer of Bragg, Mainzer & Firpo, LLP. The City of Eureka was represented by Nancy Delaney.