Trucking Accident Jury Verdict $1,050,000 in Indiania Federal Court

By September 10, 2010Verdicts and Settlements

St. Louis-based Carey, Danis & Lowe announces $1.05 million award in
A man who was injured when his pickup truck was struck by two different tractor-trailers on a rain-slick highway was awarded $1.05 million by a federal jury in Indiana on Aug. 27. The motorist was represented by attorneys Jeffrey J. Lowe and Andrew Cross of St. Louis-based Carey, Danis & Lowe.
“Even though the driver was initially able to walk away from the accident, he still suffered permanent injuries as a result of absorbing the force of crashes with not one but two tractor-trailers”
On November 15, 2005, a 42-year-old man was driving a pickup truck on Interstate 70 near Richmond, Ind. A CR England tractor-trailer hydroplaned, crossed the center line of the highway, and hit the rear of the pickup truck. The collision spun the pickup, which was then broadsided by a Crete Carrier semi.
The pickup driver was taken to Reid Hospital but released two hours later. He did not receive any additional medical treatment until 15 days after the accident. Eventually the pickup driver was found to have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury with some cognitive permanence, disc herniation in his cervical spine requiring a two-level fusion and damage to his knee cartilage.
In a personal injury lawsuit filed against CR England and Crete Carrier Corp., the pickup driver alleged that the tractor-trailer drivers were negligently speeding and failed to follow at a safe distance.
The case, Amari v. CR England, et al., cause no. 07-CV-1616, went to trial in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana. On Aug. 27, a federal jury awarded the pickup driver $1,050,000.
“Even though the driver was initially able to walk away from the accident, he still suffered permanent injuries as a result of absorbing the force of crashes with not one but two tractor-trailers,” explains attorney Jeffrey J. Lowe. “The jury properly recognized that it can sometimes take a while to recognize and diagnose serious internal injuries.”
Carey, Danis & Lowe, based in St. Louis, handles personal injury, pharmaceutical liability, product liability, medical malpractice, class actions, and commercial cases throughout the United States. For more information, contact Jeff Lowe at 314-725-7700