The collision of two tractor trailers causing serious injuries has resulted in a jury awarding $23.5 millionthe Wichita Eagle reports.
On March 16, 2006, Terry Frederick, from Overland Park, Kan., was a passenger in a Yellow Freight semi. Frederick’s lawyers claimed that Robyn Getchel, the driver of a Swift Transportation tractor-trailer, was backing up from a rest stop onto the highway when she hit the Yellow Freight semi.
Frederick suffered a severe spinal cord injury. Dennis Bottorff, the driver of the Yellow Freight rig, was killed.
Getchel tested positive for methamphetamine.
Because the jury assessed 65 percent of the fault to the Swift driver, the actual award to Frederick, 56, is nearly $15.3 million. Frederick’s medical bills up to the time of trial totaled about $5 million. The rest of the verdict covered future medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
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