Family of Car Crash Victim Awarded under $600,000 in Arbitration Against MoDOT

Brian Kurth of Meyerkord & Kurth represented the family of a woman who was killed in an automobile accident. The accident occurred in 2005 when Carlyn Perkins drove into a large pool of water which accumulated on a roadway owned by the city of St. Louis but maintained by MoDOT. The Missouri Highway & Transportation Commission (MHTC) was in charge of maintaining the roadways in that area, specifically to "maintain the surface of the roadway from curb to curb." Moreover in 2005, MoDOT placed work orders for the area in which Ms. Perkins was killed specifically for the purpose of warning drivers of dangerous conditions from water or ice. The order asked for a sign to be placed near the area Ms. Perkins was killed stating "Road Subject To Flooding." However, the work order was not fulfilled, and this provided evidence to MHTC's knowledge of the dangerous condition. Additionally, the city and state had knowledge of previously incidents related to water build up.

Arbitrators were brought in to resolve the dispute between the family of Ms. Perkins and MHTC. Those arbitrators decided that the total damage to Ms. Perkins was over one million dollars, and after deducting Ms. Perkins comparative fault, the total was diminished to just over six hundred thousand. Because of statutory limitation on the damages, Ms. Perkins' family will only receive around four hundred thousand dollars from MoDOT. Prior to this award the city of St. Louis settled with the family for two hundred and fifty thousand dollars bringing the total recovery to six hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth are experienced with motor vehicle accident claims and can help you or someone you know who has been in a motor vehicle accident. We have a track record of recovering millions of dollars due to car accidents and helping clients recover from their traumatic experience. Our personal injury attorneys are licensed in Missouri and Illinois. We have logged thousands of hours on the phone with insurance companies and recovered millions of dollars for medical bills, pain and suffering, and property damage. We have over 80 years of combined experience. 

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