Nebraska County Must Pay $407K in Lawsuit

September 2, 2011

Furnas County has been ordered to pay more than $407,000 to a man injured in a car accident.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp awarded nearly $679,000 to Juston Pohl. But the judge reduced that amount by 40 percent, saying Pohl had been speeding and wasn’t wearing a seat restraint.

In December 2007, Pohl was driving down a gravel road when his car left the roadway at a curve. The car hit an embankment and rolled.

The judge ruled last week that the county was negligent for failing to maintain a sign that warned of the curve.

It’s unclear whether the county will appeal. The lawyer who represented the county didn’t immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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