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Couple Injured in Crash with Dump Truck Receive $1.13 Million Settlement

April 4, 2019

Attorneys Hunt Willis and Forest Horne obtained a $1.13 million settlement for a husband and wife who were seriously injured when a dump truck loaded with gravel slammed into the back of the couple’s SUV.  The collision occurred at a traffic light on an off ramp of Interstate 40 near Burlington.  The dump truck came speeding down the ramp rear-ending the couple’s vehicle.

The truck driver said the brakes had failed. However, the truck driver’s employer indicated that he drove the truck from the crash site and the brakes worked.  Initially, N.C. State Highway Patrol investigators issued a citation for faulty brakes but that was later rescinded after the employer had the truck tested and no mechanical failures were found.

The wife suffered a neck injury that required surgery.  Her husband had several back fractures and a head injury that required neurological care.  He also re-injured his cervical spine, which had been operated on just a month earlier.



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“We would like to express our gratitude to you (Hunt Willis) for accepting our case. First of all, when I called this law firm, a very sweet and kind lady answered the telephone and gave me assurance by asking and going over the accident with me, while my husband was in the hospital. I felt assured I was doing the right thing for us. She was so helpful in so many ways. What a professional lady. Secondly, we are much pleased that you have settled this case with the insurance company to receive the proper amount to assist us in so many ways. My husband and I are very happy with you and the firm in handling our case. You made us have confidence in your professional and integrity along with your assistant Ms. Routh, when you both came to see us in our home, in which we saw your compassion and thoughtfulness at that time. We will never forget what you have done for us, and we thank the lord for directing me to contact this firm. I’m glad I did.” 

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