Just a few weeks ago in mid-December, a truck driver reached a settlement with another driver for $750,000 with regard to an accident that left the man severely injured. According to one local news report, the accident occurred in the parking lot of a Good Humor ice cream facility in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
Evidently, one truck driver was sleeping in his truck in the sleeper cab in the parking lot of the Good Humor. At that time, another truck driver was backing out of a spot when he collided with the parked truck. The sleeping man was then tossed from the sleeper cabin, severely injuring his neck and back. He required surgery following the accident.
The injured driver filed suit against the truck driver as well as the driver’s employer, alleging that the driver was negligently operating the truck when the collision occurred. The case was set for trial when a settlement between the parties was reached. The settlement, which was $750,000, is intended to help the injured truck driver cover past, present, and future medical expenses as well as help him offset any potential decrease in his earning capacity as a result of his injuries.
Negligent Operation and Civil Liability
While the case described above never reached trial, it is likely safe to say that the injured driver was fairly compensated for his injuries, since he agreed to the settlement amount. Whenever a driver causes an accident that results in personal injury or death, that driver can be held legally responsible to the injured party or his or her family. Generally speaking, if found to be liable, a negligent driver will be responsible for medical expenses, lost wages, and potentially pain and suffering caused by the accident.
Proving a case against a negligent driver can be tricky, depending on the circumstances of the accident. Often, expert witnesses are used to explain to the judge or jury that the defendant’s conduct was not proper, given the surrounding circumstances. Other times, statements made by the negligent driver indicating fault can be shown to the jury. In other cases, the evidence is circumstantial and suggests that it was more likely than not that the defendant was negligent.
In any case, the assistance of an experienced and dedicated Tennessee personal injury attorney will prove invaluable.
Have You Been Injured in a Tennessee Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any type of Tennessee accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages to help compensate you for your injuries. There are many different ways to bring a personal injury lawsuit in Tennessee, and the attorneys at Matt Hardin Law are well-versed in personal injury law spanning the gamut of cases, from bicycle accidents to boat accidents and everything in between. To speak with a dedicated personal injury attorney about your case, call 615-200-1111 to set up a free initial consultation. There is no risk, since we won’t bill you unless we can recover for you.
See Related Blog Posts:
Man Arrested in Clarksville after Causing Hit-and-Run Accident on I-24, Nashville Injury Lawyer’s Blog, published December 17, 2014.
Woman Driving Under the Influence Crashes into Two Cars in Ft. Campbell, Nashville Injury Lawyer’s Blog, published December 19, 2014.