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Trucking Liability – Successful Mitigation of Client Exposure

December 15, 2008

Partner Gary Lovell defended a commercial trucking company and its driver in a case involving catastrophic injuries arising out of a rear-end collision. The plaintiff, also driving a commercial tractor and trailer, was rear-ended by the defendant driver at a high rate of speed resulting in a tractor fire and significant injury to the plaintiff. The plaintiff was no longer able to work as a result of the injuries sustained in the collision. The plaintiff had multiple surgeries and alleged that future surgeries were likely. Damages were highly disputed. The case was tried before a jury in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. After effective and vigorous negotiation, defense counsel proposed a high-low arrangement and plaintiff’s counsel agreed. The jury returned a verdict of $1,050,000, but based on the high-low agreement, defense counsel limited their clients’ exposure to $600,000.00.

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