On January 24, 2017, a Chicago federal jury unanimously agreed to award a couple $5.2 million in total for their injuries sustained after the trailer of a semi-truck operated by New Prime, Inc. dislodged and struck their vehicle.
“Both verdicts are substantial,” commented John L. Kirkton of the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter, a division of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.
On January 20, 2012, the couple was traveling southbound on Interstate 57 near Effingham, IL. Traffic had slowed to a standstill, as crews up ahead worked to clear an earlier accident involving a semi-truck. While the couple sat in their car waiting for traffic to clear, a New Prime, Inc. freightliner truck barreled around the bend at 65 mph. The New Prime, Inc. driver slammed on the brakes.
“New Prime’s tanker was carrying a load of vegetable oil pushing 50,000 pounds,” stated Michael T. Wierzbicki, Jr., a partner at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates who focuses on commercial and transportation trucking litigation and represented the couple.
“Because of the size and weight, in particular, it’s much more difficult to stop. It takes a longer time and longer distances and becomes much more difficult to maneuver,” added Thomas A. Kelliher, an associate at Horwitz who also represented the plaintiffs.
The freightliner began to jack-knife and fish-tail as New Prime’s driver applied the brakes…
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