$1.5 Million Dollar Verdict for the family of a woman killed in a motor vehicle accident near Atlanta, Georgia.
The client’s mother was a passenger in a car that was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer truck. The vehicle that she was in was then pushed off the highway, down an embankment and into a heavily wooded area. The vehicle came to rest after striking a tree at high speed. The clients’ mother died at the scene.
The case was tried before a jury in Atlanta, Georgia. It is believed that the driver of the tractor-trailer truck fell asleep at the wheel. The driver denied that claim and he claimed that the vehicle that the Plaintiff was in slowed suddenly and unexpectedly. The jury determined that the driver of the tractor-trailer was 100% at fault for the accident.
The jury awarded the woman’s estate (including two surviving adult children) $1.5 Million. The Defendant appealed the jury’s verdict and it was upheld on appeal. The Defendant then had to pay an additional $300,000.00 in interest, bringing the total recovery to $1.8 Million.
The case was handled by Brian W. Smith of the firm’s West Palm Beach office, with the assistance of local counsel in Atlanta.