David Lail, William Applegate, and Chris Bryant of Yarborough Applegate along with co-counsel recently settled a tractor-trailer collision lawsuit for a man who sustained injuries after rear-ending a tractor-trailer when it started to make a U-turn on a four-lane highway. The tractor-trailer collision lawsuit brought by Yarborough Applegate against the at-fault driver resulted in a $1.79 million settlement for the client who suffered bilateral femur fractures and a fracture to his arm in the crash.
As reported by SC Lawyers Weekly:
“The tractor-trailer driver making a U-turn on a 60 mph highway made for a bad situation,” Lail said. “But when the trucking company completely endorsed the driver’s actions, things got a lot worse.”
The defendants denied responsibility for the crash and argued that it was entirely the plaintiff’s fault for rear-ending the tractor-trailer, Lail said. They said the tractor-trailer driver was not making a U-turn, but instead was performing a “turnaround,” a safe and legal maneuver.
“The defendants also argued that U-turns were safe for tractor trailers to perform, and they had no safety policy prohibiting such a maneuver, despite a completely contrary position taken by the tractor-trailer industry and their own industry expert,” Lail said.
Disclaimer: Every case is unique, and prior results do not guarantee future outcomes.