The extraordinary pressure that truck accidents create put lots of pain and stress on the human body. Neck and back injuries are incredibly common in these circumstances and, unfortunately, incredibly costly. Below we have compiled some truck accident verdicts and settlements from different jurisdictions in Illinois related to people with back and neck injuries.
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2015; ILLINOIS; KANE COUNTY; $15,000 SETTLEMENT:
This controversy involved a sleepy truck driver and an old country road. He was driving down one morning when he accidentally let his car slip off and hit a light pole. The pole fell over and obstructed most of both lanes. In the other direction, another driver approached the area but could not avoid the obstruction.
He injured his lower back, hip, and shoulder in the collision. The injured man sued the truck driver for negligence. The suit alleged that the defendant should have kept a better lookout, applied the brakes sooner, and avoided the light pole. The defendant could not mount a serious defense so he tried to settle. The plaintiff received $15,000 in an out-of-court settlement.
2015; ILLINOIS; COOK COUNTY; $2,368,000 JURY AWARD:
A cab driver was going about his route one night when a truck suddenly backed out into his lane. There was no time to react and the cab slammed into the side of the other vehicle. The cab driver was severely injured. He sustained a serious neck injury as well as second-degree burns.
He also reported to psychiatrists that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Eventually, he sued the truck driver for negligence. His suit stated that the defendant should have looked before backing out into the street and otherwise maintained his vehicle better.
The defendant retorted that the plaintiff was the one to blame. In his opinion, the cab driver was driving too fast, not paying attention to the road, and not monitoring the area. Failing to find any common ground, they went to trial where the jury sided with the plaintiff for $2,368,000 for the following damages amounts:
- Medical Costs:
- Lost Wages:
- Pain and Suffering:
2010; ILLINOIS; COOK COUNTY; $55,000 JURY AWARD:
A woman was driving her family along a busy highway near downtown Chicago when a truck in the neighboring lane immediately veered into hers. The jolt caused her to react and go into the opposite lane except there was a car there. She collided with that vehicle and then into a bunch of barrels. The incident caused the mother severe cervical strain.
She sued the truck driver for starting the accident. At trial, the defendant truck driver replied that the woman should have kept a better lookout herself, driven slower, and sounded her alarm prior to colliding with the third vehicle. The jury sided with the woman and awarded her $55,000 for her injuries including the following damages:
- Medical Costs:
- Pain and Suffering:
- Loss of Normal Life:
2011; CONNECTICUT; $1,015,084 JURY AWARD:
The victim in this tale was actually the truck driver. He was driving his dump truck down a narrow, back alley when another car crossed the yellow line and hit him head on. Police reports later verified that the gentleman who initiated the crash was drunk and high on drugs.
The truck driver sustained extraordinary injuries to his spine as well as brain and other harms. He sued the car driver for negligence. The defendant claimed that the plaintiff’s injuries were exaggerated and dismissed the extent of his damages. Maybe due to the intoxication, the defendant’s pleas fell on deaf ears to the jury. They awarded the plaintiff a hefty sum of $1,015,084 for these damages:
- Medical Costs:
- Lost Wages:
- Non-Economic Damages:
2008; WISCONSIN; $46,714 JURY AWARD:
This dispute involved two trucks. At a weigh station, one of them was awaiting service when the second one slid right into the back of the first truck. The driver was actually still in the vehicle and sustained moderate whiplash because of the collision.
He sued the other truck driver and the driver’s employer for negligence. His suit alleged that that the defendant employee should have reduced his speed and kept watch to avoid the crash. The defendants admitted that they were responsible for the incident and negligent in causing it but denied that the plaintiff’s injuries were as severe as he claimed. Thus, the sole issue at trial was the extent of damages. The jury found that the appropriate amount was $46,714.
2001; PENNSYLVANIA; $305,000 SETTLEMENT:
Here, a tractor-trailer truck caused a large chain-reaction crash involving multiple vehicles. One of them was in a car and sustained multiple back injuries and whiplash that prevented him from being able to completely return to work.
Faced with the obvious prospect of losing in court, he advised his counsel to settle quickly with all victims. This plaintiff received $305,000 in an out-of-court settlement for his economic and non-economic damages.
2001; ILLINOIS; $3,000,000 SETTLEMENT:
The victim in this case was driving through a construction zone when a tractor- trailer truck rear-ended his vehicle. He was 33 years old at the time of the accident and it left him severally injured. He had extensive damage to his neck and back and needed multiple spinal surgeries to correct it.
Eventually, he sued the truck driver who initiated the collision for negligence. His suit claimed that the defendant should have kept a larger distance from his car, paid better attention, and maintained greater control of his truck at all times preceding the crash. The defendant flatly rejected these allegations and asserted that a third-party motorist was responsible for the incident.
The jury sided with the plaintiff and awarded him $3,000,000. This figure is interesting because the only economic damages that the plaintiff prayed for in his suit were $100,000 for past medical costs. Thus, the jury was very liberal in awarding him such a high amount.
2014; WASHINGTON; $315,000 SETTLEMENT:
This story started when a cop got out of his car on a Washington highway to inspect the area. He parked the vehicle just off the road and put on all of the emergency lights. Then, without warning, a truck suddenly jackknifed right in front of him and hit his car. The car then collided into him as he was nearby.
The cop sustained multiple strains and sprains to his back and neck. Doctors later testified that he might need spinal surgery to correct the issue. The cop sued the truck driver for negligence and demanded $500,000. The defendant countered with $65.000. They agreed to compromise and move on from the matter for $315,000.
2013; FLORIDA; $800,000 SETTLEMENT:
Interestingly, this dispute involved two semi-trucks. One of them was stopped at a red light when the other rear-ended it. The driver of the first vehicle claimed that the incident left him with a herniated disc as well as a shoulder surgery.
The defendant dismissed the notion that the crash caused these issues and offered that instead they stemmed from preexisting injuries. However, the defendant might have been threatened by the plaintiff’s expert testimony because the case did not go far before it settled for $800,000.
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