Dallas death blamed on faulty median

The family of William Bond, who was killed in a crash on the Dallas North Tollway on December 20, 2007 has filed a lawsuit seeking damages. Bond died after a piece of cement broke off of the median barrier and flew into his car.

The suit blames both the driver, Christopher Spicer, for losing control of his vehicle and crashing into the median, as well as the North Texas Tollway Authority and other companies who did engineering, construction or maintenance on the tollway, said the Bond family’s attorney, Linda Turley.

The driver, Christopher Spicer, 44, was indicted for criminally negligent homicide, a state jail felony that carries a maximum penalty of two years. But District Attorney Craig Watkins declined to prosecute the case earlier this year, saying no crime other than speeding was committed and it was better handled in civil court.

Obviously this a a terrible tragedy could have been avoided if the other driver had been more careful. I wish the family and my friend Linda Turley the best of luck in their lawsuit.

The law limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit for an automobile crash. Generally, settlement must be reached or a lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the wreck. If the family waited another 5 days, they would have been unable to recovery anything for the death of Mr. Bond.

If you’ve been injured in a wreck and need advice regarding treatment or settlement, call my office at 817-885-8000 for a free consultation about your case.

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