Louisiana Motorist Wins Suit Against State Over Faulty Stoplight

February 18, 2009

A Jefferson Parish, La., jury agreed with a woman who claimed a malfunctioning signal light led to her 2001 traffic accident.

Debra A. Warden, of Westwego, won a $1.5 million judgment against the state of Louisiana.

She sought compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses. According to court documents, the jury found the state 100 percent at fault in the case.

Warden was in a two-car crash at an intersection when she collided with another vehicle traveling north.

David W. Oestreicher II, Warden’s attorney, says the accident occurred because the traffic signal at the intersection was green for both drivers.

Information from: The Times-Picayune, www.nola.com

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