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Family Gets $2.9M for Good Samaritan’s Death

Tyler Kirchoff4 years ago

The family of a Good Samaritan who was killed while assisting a car accident victim recently received a $2.9 million jury verdict in California’s Kern County. The man was reportedly helping to put out a car fire on the highway when he was struck by several passing vehicles- he died at the scene. 

Details of the California Death Case

  • In October 2008, the plaintiffs' decedent was driving down Highway 58 in Bakersfield County, California when he saw a fiery car accident.  
  • While attempting to put out the fire and save the person inside, the man was struck by a passing vehicle.
  • The impact threw him into the road where he was run over by two motorcycles and dragged by a truck; he died at the scene.

Kern County Jury Awards $2.9 Million

  • The victim’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages for loss of financial support (including lost salary and benefits), loss of his household services, and loss of the decedent's aid, comfort and society.
  • The jury found the driver of the original vehicle that caused the crash 85% responsible for the Good Samaritan’s death.
  • The victim’s family was awarded $3.3 million, which was reduced to $2.9 million by contributory negligence.
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