Chevrolet Trailblazer Driver Reaches $9.75 Million Settlement Of Pennsylvania Federal Action Arising From Collision With Tractor Trailer
At 2:00 a.m. on March 2, 2012, on Interstate 80 in Illinois, Gary Williams was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer that was towing a U-Haul box trailer rented from U-Haul through its Quick Service location. Williams, who had been traveling for more than 30 continuous hours, said that the vehicle and trailer became jack-knifed because of a defective condition of the trailer, and his vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer traveling in the same direction that was owned by K&B Transportation, Inc. and operated by its agent. Both vehicles came to rest in the center grassy median. Williams suffered severe injuries, including a traumatic brain injury.
On Nov. 13, 2014, Gary Williams and Nina Williams filed a fifth amended complaint against U-Haul International, Inc., U-Haul Co. of California, Colusa Quick Service Market and K&B Transportation, Inc. in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, alleging claims for strict products liability, negligence, and reckless conduct. Plaintiffs claimed past medical expenses of $678,298.81; future medical expenses ranging between $6,715,442 and $7,657,098; and lost earnings ranging between $1,370,114 and $1,818,807. Plaintiffs also claimed non-economic damages for pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of life’s pleasures, and loss of consortium
On Nov. 24, 2014, the action was removed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The action was consolidated with case number 2:14-cv-3891. In an amended complaint filed against General Motors, LLC on June 13, 2016, Gary Williams and Nina Williams alleged claims for strict products liability and negligence.
On June 5, 2017, a jury trial began against K&B Transportation, Inc. before Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker. The parties reported that they had settled the matter, and the court dismissed the action with prejudice on June 15, 2017. The matter settled for $9,750,000.
Plaintiffs were represented by Alan M. Feldman, Daniel J. Mann, and Edward S. Goldis of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig, LLP. K&B was represented by Thomas J. Wagner and Amy L. Wynkoop of Law Offices of Thomas J. Wagner, LLC.
You can view the full summary on Lexis Advance® here Gary Williams and Nina Williams, h/w v. U-Haul International, Inc., U-Haul Co. of California, Colusa Quick Service Market, K&B Transportation, Inc., and General Motors, LLC; 2017 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 1961.
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