Nebraska County Found Liable for Accident Due to Poor Signage
A Nebraska jury awarded a 24-year-old Michigan man $407,000 to be paid by Furnas County, Nebraska for the county’s failure to adequately mark a sharp turn in a road where the man crashed his car leaving him with significant injuries.
The judge in the case found the man 40% liable and the county 60% liable. This reduced the amount of the original award of $678,000 for the county. The man was not wearing a seatbelt and was speeding at the time of the accident. The judge ruled that the signage at the accident site could not be seen at night, and it was placed too close to the 90-degree turn, giving drivers inadequate time to react.
The accident occurred in December 2007, when the man missed the turn and drove off the road causing his car to flip, trapping in the car for hours. He suffered spinal cord damage requiring multiple surgeries and weeks of hospitalization. He now suffers permanent injuries.
Furnas County is appealing the award.
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