Families prove State liable for road crash deaths
5 April 2007, MADRID – Two families won a nine-year legal battle on Thursday to prove their loved ones died partly because of the poor state of the road.
5 April 2007
MADRID – Two families won a nine-year legal battle on Thursday to prove their loved ones died partly because of the poor state of the road.
The supreme court ruled the State was responsible for the conditions of the road at Marmolejo, near Jaen in Andalucia where the accident took place in 1998.
Two people were killed but the families of the victims claimed the accident would not have happened if the road had not been in such a “deficient” state.
The court awarded both families 50 percent of the compensation which they claimed.
It said part of the blame was also to do with the way the two men drove.
The State must pay the widow of Francisco M. G. EUR 116,458 and his two sons will get EUR 9,704 each.
The three brothers of Francisco C. stand to receive EUR 11,645 each.
The accident happened on 14 May 1998 when both men were involved in the crash on the N-IV road near Marmolejo.
One car started aqua planning because water had gathered in a hole in the road.
The first car crashed into the second and both men died.
A report by the police said the road had a hole in it at this point in which water had gathered.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news