In any accident, bones are often the first things to go. They are so easy to break and can break in so many ways that they are very vulnerable in truck accidents. Here are some cases where they were the outcome of negligent truck driving. Below, we have compiled settlements and verdicts for Illinois truck accident cases involving broken bones.
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2014; ILLINOIS; COOK COUNTY: $7,400,000 SETTLEMENT
In this case, a young woman was walking around the hip Gold Coast section of downtown Chicago when, out of nowhere, a sanitation truck ran over the curb and onto the sidewalk. A bunch of people jumped out of the way but the girl here was not so lucky. She was able to save a child by shoving him but she could not save herself.
The truck rammed right into her. It smashed and broke bones in her legs, hips, and pelvis. If the driver thought he had any case before, then he certainly did not after investigators learned that he was intoxicated at the time of the incident. He and his employer quickly sought to settle and move on from the controversy. The woman received $7,400,000 through an out-of-court settlement.
2009; ILLINOIS; COOK COUNTY; $250,000 JURY AWARD:
This story started as a couple of young people horsing around but escalated quickly into a serious accident. A young man tried jumping onto the back of pickup truck but the driver pulled away before he was completely onboard. The force of the fall fractured his tibia bone and he sued the driver for negligence.
The lawsuit complained that he should have waited until all people were securely on the truck and that the driver was drinking and driving. The defendant countered that the plaintiff was also drunk and was contributorily negligent by jumping on the back of the pickup when it was obviously unsafe to do so. The jury awarded the victim $250,000 in damages for his injuries.
2009; ILLINOIS; COOK COUNTY; $120,965 JURY AWARD:
A middle-aged man in this case was read-ended by a tractor-trailer. The speed and weight of the truck sent the victim’s car flying across the highway. He sustained multiple injuries including several broken bones, herniated discs, and a kidney laceration. The man sued the defendant truck driver for negligence as well as the latter’s employer because he was driving the truck in the course of his employment.
The suit contended that the defendant should have kept a better lookout, should have kept a larger distance from the plaintiff’s car, and should have taken action to avoid the crash. The defendants quickly and forcefully replied that the plaintiff was at fault for abruptly halting his vehicle.
They also generally denied any responsibility as well as the extent of the plaintiff’s claimed injuries. The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $120,965 across the following categories of damages:
- Medical Costs:
- Lost Wages:
- Pain and Suffering:
2014; CALIFORNIA; $925,000 SETTLEMENT:
Here, a truck driver was riding along a California highway when his vehicle drifted over the median and crashed into a car. The driver of the car sustained a fractured bone in his spine. He sued the truck driver and alleged that the latter fell asleep at the wheel and negligently caused the collision.
Due to this conduct, the car driver said he had broken bones as well as long-term pain, suffering, depression, and other injuries. While admitting that he was responsible for the incident, the defendant denied that he fell asleep as well as the extent of the plaintiff’s claimed damages. Rather than fight these issues in court, however, he settled with the plaintiff for $925,000.
2014; OKLAHOMA; $410,000 SETTLEMENT:
The victim in this crash was a minor. He was driving his parents car when a truck crossed the median and sideswiped the car. The child sustained multiple broken bones and lacerations across his body. The parents of the boy sued the driver and the driver’s boss.
Their suit alleged that the truck driver was negligent in the operation of his vehicle and since he was working at the time of the crash his employer should be vicariously liable as well. Fearing the consequences of a trial, the defendants decided to settle. The plaintiffs received $385,000 from the employer and $25,000 from the truck driver
2015; FLORIDA; $1,862,025 JURY AWARD:
A man in his early sixties was driving along a Florida highway when a truck crossed the intersection and smashed right into him. The crash crushed many of the bones in his dominant hand that could not be fixed after multiple surgeries.
In addition to the long term pain and suffering that cost him, he also claimed in the subsequent lawsuit that he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and would not be able to continue working at his job that paid him also one hundred thousand dollars a year. A jury awarded him $1,862,025 for his injuries.
2015; CALIFORNIA; $400,000 SETTLEMENT:
This incident started out on a happy note. A couple was having a party for their 20- year-old son. They invited over fifty people. At a certain point, however, a group of them got rowdy so they were asked to leave and they did so rather hastily.
In their rush, one of their trucks knocked over some garbage cans and those cans flew right into a pedestrian. The boy broke his wrist and sustained other, minor injuries. He sued the driver of the truck that harmed him for negligence, arguing that he should have kept a better watch and should have reduced his speed. Realizing that he was clearly in the wrong, the driver agreed to settle well before trial even started. They ended the controversy for $400,000.
2011; MINNESOTA; $309,950 JURY AWARD:
A female car driver and a male truck driver collided head-on at a busy intersection in Duluth, Minnesota. From the incident, the woman sustained a broken bone in her leg and wrist. She sued the driver and the driver’s boss for negligence.
Her suit alleged that since he was working in the course of employment at the time of the accident, his employer should be liable as well. She claimed damages related to medical costs, lost wages, disability, distress, and loss of normal life.
The defendants complained that she was exaggerating the true extent of her injuries so they went to trial. At trial, the jury was convinced that the defendants were at fault but not to the extent that she claimed. They awarded her $309,950 across the following categories:
- Lost Wages:
- Pain and Suffering:
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