Teens’ families awarded $10M for fatal car crash with RV motorist

On Behalf of | Oct 16, 2019 | Firm News

The families of two Florida teenagers involved in a fatal car accident on State Road 70 won their lawsuit against the estate of a 99-year-old motorist who was driving the wrong way. As reported by The Palm Beach Post, a federal jury awarded the families $10 million in damages over the crash caused by the driver of a recreational vehicle that did not have working headlights. 

At Messer & Messer Law Offices, we understand there is no amount of a jury award that could ever replace the unexpected loss of a loved one. A legal action, however, may help in moving forward, gaining some closure and providing financial relief from unanticipated funeral or burial expenses. 

While driving his 40-foot RV down the highway in the wrong direction, the developer and trucking executive from Michigan fatally struck the two teenage best friends. The head-on collision occurred shortly after the two St. Port Lucie young women were on their way to go roller-skating. 

The RV motorist died days after the wreck and questions arose over whether he should have had a driver’s license. His estate was the defendant in the two families’ lawsuit and admitted that the 99-year-old was at fault for the accident. He passed the knowledge exam and the road and vision tests in Michigan, and the state issued a driver’s license; his family, however, had concerns over his frailties. The driver’s 75-year-old girlfriend was also in the RV with him and a question raised during the trial was why she did not provide him with some warning that he was driving on the wrong side of the highway. 

Our page on securing justice for accident victims and their families provides more information regarding your legal rights when pursuing a civil action.