Overview: A $926,378 settlement has been reached over a woman's death and the injuries sustained by her two children when the vehicle the woman was driving veered off Interstate 55 in St. Louis and plunged over a 76 foot cliff. At the time of the accident, no barriers or guardrails were present at the site, even though at least one similar accident had occurred there previously.

Strategy: Examination of the accident site revealed that it was impossible for a driver to recognize the precipitous drop at that location.

Results: Within a week of the accident, the highway commission workers placed concrete barriers at the spot where the vehicle ran off the road. Without admitting liability, the highway commission agreed to settle the case in January of 2010.

Attorneys: John G. Simon