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Big Rig Accident Victim Awarded $23.7M

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susan_harr6 years ago

A Virginia jury awarded $23.7 million to a tractor-trailer driver who was left permanently disabled after hitting the back of another 18-wheeler on a Virginia interstate in 2007.

About the Accident

The plaintiff was driving on Interstate 295 in Richmond, Virginia, when he struck the back end of a Moen Inc. tractor-trailer. Nine minutes before the crash, the Moen tractor-trailer had stopped on the interstate's emergency shoulder. In the moments leading up to the crash, the driver was merging back into the lane of traffic, and entered the path of the plaintiff’s truck at a rate of 25 mph. Plaintiff's counsel argued that the plaintiff had no reasonable opportunity to avoid the collision and thus crashed into the back of the Moen big rig.


It took emergency responders two hours to remove the plaintiff from his vehicle; the extent of the injuries sustained was extensive. In total, the following injuries led to 26 separate operative procedures:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Chest and abdominal injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Crushed pelvis
  • Open fracture to the right femur
  • Right leg-multiple injuries leading to amputation
  • Left leg- massive tissue loss leading to skin grafts
  • Injuries to groin and urinary tract
  • Left shoulder rotator cuff injury
  • Hand and wrist injuries
  • Extensive nerve damage
  • Multiple wound infections

As a result of these injuries, the plaintiff also suffered from:

  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
  • Periods of incontinence, impotence, and erectile dysfunction
  • Post-concussive syndrome
  • Decline in overall intellectual functioning
  • Neurolinguistic changes
  • Chronic back, pelvic, and left lower extremity pain
  • Chronic phantom limb pain
  • Chronic neurogenic and neuropathic pain
  • Severe depression
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
Verdict Information

The jury awarded the plaintiff a total award of $23.7 million for past medical expenses, future medical and related expenses, past lost wages, and future lost wages until the projected age of 65.

  • $23,000,000 Personal Injury: damages
  • $700,000 Personal Injury: interest
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