Jasper County Wrongful Death Settlement from a Head-On Collision Auto-Crash

The A.W. Smith Law Firm recovered a $950,000 settlement for the family members of a woman who was killed in a head-on collision auto crash in southern Missouri.

Rhonda Martin, 36, was traveling southbound on Highway 63 in Jasper County when her vehicle was struck head-on by John Harris who was traveling northbound on the highway. Both drivers were killed in the incident; Martin instantly and Harris after the crash at the hospital. Martin and Harris had been going around a slight curve when Harris crossed the centerline.

Martin’s family filed a wrongful death suit against Harris ad litem. An issue in the case was that Harris and his son had a farming partnership, with the insured name “John and Michael Harris.” There was conflicting evidence regarding whether this indicated a farming partnership or a family farm operation. Furthermore, the parties disputed whether or not Harris was on an errand for the partnership at the time of the crash. The suit ended with a $950,000 settlement; $850,000 was given to Martin’s daughter and $100,000 to Martin’s mother.

The A.W. Smith Law Firm in Columbia handles motor vehicle crashes all over the State of Missouri. If you have questions about how to choose a law firm that is equipped to handle your motor vehicle case, please contact us today at 573-443-7300 or visit are website at www.awsmithlaw.com. The A.W. Smith Law Firm has recovered millions in settlments and verdicts in serious injury and wrongful death cases.