Jay Vaughn

Thursday, October 28th, 2021 // From 8:30am to 12:00pm

Subject: Wrongful Death Road Defect

3 hr Case Analysis


Jay R. Vaughn is an attorney providing legal services covering Personal Injury – General: Plaintiff. Jay Vaughn, who practices law in Louisville, Kentucky, was selected to Super Lawyers for 2013 – 2021. This peer designation is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Super Lawyers selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors. Prior to becoming an attorney, he studied at Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He graduated in 2002. After passing the bar exam, he was admitted to legal practice in 2002.

Case Analysis Details

“Godwin v. Eaton Asphalt Pavement Company”

Voir Dire, Opening Statement, Closing Argument, & Rebuttal

On January 9, 2019, there was a horrific crash which killed a mother in front of her 12-year-old twins and her 17-year old son arrived at the scene before first responders, finding his mother dead. The driver of the truck who hit her car was arrested and charged with felony manslaughter based upon the presence of methamphetamine in his system as well as evidence of speeding and texting. However, early investigation revealed that the road where the crash occurred had recently been repaved and potentially was a factor in causing the crash. After extensive discovery, it was proven that the paving company cut corners to save money leaving the road in a more dangerous condition than before they began their work. On July 12, 2021, after five days of trial, a jury in Boone County, Kentucky found the paving company 100% at fault, determined the driver of the truck was not negligent, and returned a $74,000,000 verdict with $24,000,000 in compensatory damages and $50,000,000 in punitive damages.