$6.9 Million Recovery for Victim Paralyzed in Tractor Trailer Collision

Martin & Jones successfully recovered $6.9 million for a client who was catastrophically injured in a motor vehicle collision involving a tractor trailer.  Our client was seriously injured when he ran into the back of a tractor trailer stopped on the highway.  The insurance company denied the claim outright before Martin & Jones became involved.  While many details of the settlement remain confidential, our client was paralyzed as a result of the crash.

The case settled just prior to trial.  The lawsuit was vigorously defended, with strong allegations of contributory negligence against the victim.  Under North Carolina law, if a plaintiff bringing a lawsuit for injuries is found to have contributed to the incident that caused his or her injuries, that person would be entitled to nothing.  North Carolina is one of only a handful of states in which such a doctrine remains.

Injury claims involving commercial trucks and commercial trucking companies are significantly different than injury claims involving standard automobiles.  Both state and federal laws are implicated in such cases, and the insurance relationships tend to be much more complex.  In this case, Forest Horne and Hunt Willis represented the client.