Woman injured in hit-and-run crash awarded $20M
A jury awarded a woman a little over $20 million for brain and neck injuries after she was broadsided by a tractor-trailer, causing her vehicle to leave the roadway and slam into a pole. In 2008, Plaintiff, then 47, was struck by Defendant, who was driving an 18,000-pound J.B. Hunt Transport Services truck. Defendant fled the scene, but later pleaded ‘no contest’ to criminal charges. Plaintiff claimed J.B. Hunt negligently entrusted its truck to Defendant, who had a history of being hired and fired by the company, and of safety violations and covering up accidents. Plaintiff suffered a cervical bulge, requiring surgery, and a traumatic brain injury, resulting in memory loss and concentration problems. Defendant was dismissed for a waiver of costs and J.B. Hunt admitted liability.
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