An appeals court has ruled a Cincinnati construction company must pay $4 million to the family of a Tennessee couple who were killed when they crashed into the back of a dump truck entering an interstate in a construction zone. A jury in 2013 found John R. Jergensen Co. was 25 percent liable for the 2009 accident that killed Nicholas and Amanda Poe. A dump truck entered the left lane on Interstate 75 in Warren County, Ohio, and traveled about 25 seconds before the Poes’ vehicle crashed into the back of the truck.
The company appealed and attempted to overturn the jury verdict, arguing that Nicholas Poe was solely responsible for the crash. But the 12th Ohio District Court of Appeals last month upheld the judgment, saying the company could have taken steps to reduce chances of an accident.
Source: Claims Journal
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