Many truck accident cases settle before trial if the parties can agree on a fair value for all sides. Here are a few recent settlements in Pennsylvania trucking accident cases:
Double-death case of dump truck that ran red light settles for $900,000
Norwood Peters, 75, and Betty Hein, 74, died after a dump truck with faulty brakes drove through a red traffic signal and hit their station wagon at an intersection in South Whitehall Township in October 2006. In the 2009 settlement of the case in Lehigh County Court, the driver, Ronald S. Whitman, Sr. and his employer, Houser Construction Services, contributed the bulk of the settlement amount. Hein, who died instantly, received $300,000 of the settlement, but Peters, who lingered in the ICU for two weeks, received $600,000 for additional pain and suffering damages.
Truck driver’s family settles for $3 million
Raymond Lee Conley was crushed to death when the front-discharge cement truck he was driving blew a tire and tipped over, causing the mixer drum to come loose and crush the cab where Conley sat. The drum was full of concrete and weighed approximately 40,000 pounds. Conley’s family filed suit in Northampton County, Pennsylvania against the manufacturer of the truck for design and manufacturing defects, against the company that retreaded the tire for negligence, and against the driver’s employer and a related entity. The settlement was approved in September 2009. The driver was survived by a 3-year-old daughter.
Truck-unloading accident yields $2.35 million settlement
Michael Baird, a union glazier who jumped from the truck he was helping to unload to avoid being crushed by a 2,000-pound crate of glass, settled his personal injury case in June 2011 for $2.35 million. Baird, who injured his left heel, knee and hip, is permanently disabled. Baird’s claim in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas included past medical expenses and past lost wages, plus future medical care and future lost wages.
If you have been involved in an accident and sustained serious injuries, seek the advice of an experienced Philadelphia truck accident lawyer.