Some people ask, “What are some of the examples of truck cases we have had?” We had one case that stands out. Back in 2004, a young man in his 30s was in standstill traffic when he looked in his rearview mirror and saw an 18-wheeler barreling down at 70 miles per hour right towards his back. He was able to get out of the way, but he was seriously and permanently injured in the crash. The crash also killed two other people.
We got into the case right away. Unfortunately for the client, the amount of insurance that the trucker had was miniscule compared to all of the injuries that were involved, the two deaths, and him being permanently disabled. The good part of the case was that we were able to uncover and for the first time in the country’s history, we were able to come up with a theory that had that recovery be substantial.
In that case, we were able to take a look at all the different paperwork, all the different witnesses, and we were able to find that, actually, the company that was controlling the transaction was a large multibillion dollar company that was making sure their produce got from Point A to Point B in a certain amount of time. Whether or not that company was at fault for pressuring that driver to get from Idaho to Chicago in a certain amount of time, I don’t know. All I know is that the jury determined that the company controlled that transaction from the beginning to the end and made sure that that company paid the full amount of the verdict.