A company truck traveling at an excessive rate of speed crossed the center line of travel and crashed into the Plaintiff head on. The Plaintiff was killed instantly and so was the Defendant. A few weeks after the accident, the mother of the deceased hired Gene Riddle because her daughter knew Gene personally. Gene zealously handled this matter and directed an immediate investigation of the accident. Riddle & Brantley teamed with David Kirby of Edwards Kirby law firm out of Raleigh North Carolina following the investigation of the accident. The insurance company for the defendant hired an attorney after the investigations were completed. Gene Riddle and his team prepared a complaint and advised the defense attorney of his intention to file. Shortly thereafter, mediation was scheduled and within a couples months resulted in a fair settlement. We were very pleased to have negotiated the settlement without necessity of a lawsuit and a trial because the deceased left behind an adult child and a minor child that would have found it difficult to go through a protracted litigation and trial We were able to resolve the death claim for $2.25 million dollars. We also assisted the family with estate issues and gave advice on the adoption needs for the minor son. This case was very near and dear to our hearts because of Gene’s personal relationship with the boys’ mother. That personal connection brought the family to us and we worked diligently to get the best result possible under such tragic circumstances. Though we are never truly satisfied with the amounts we obtain for our clients, we strive to get the best possible results and justice for our clients.
Attorneys: Gene A. Riddle of Riddle & Brantley, LLP and David Kirby of Edwards Kirby Law Firm