Trucking Company Successfully Defended in Personal Injury Suit with Significant Injuries
As reported in the December 5, 2013 issue of the Daily Report, Hilliard Castilla successfully defended a trucking Company on a major personal injury case against the company and its insurer. All parties agreed that a drive shaft from the trucking dump truck dislodged and caused vehicles to slow and/or stop on I-575. Plaintiff, who suffered a fractured vertebrae after swerving to avoid another vehicle and driving off of an embankment, contended that the trucking company, its driver and insurer should be held liable for special damages of over $120,000, plus lost income and pain and suffering. At trial plaintiff, who demanded $900,000 from the insurer in pretrial negotiations, asked the jury for $3.2 million. Hilliard Castilla secured a verdict of less than $650,000 after convincing the judge to dismiss the insurer and driver from the litigation and persuading the jury to apportion a percentage of the blame for causing the accident to the plaintiff.