Car Accidents, Truck Accidents, Bus Accidents, and Accidents Involving other Commercial Vehicles

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55-year-old Harvard-educated economist suffered a severe traumatic brain injury when his car was broadsided by a speeding vehicle in Arlington, Virginia. The defendant's car was owned by his fiance and her father. The fiance's father has his own $10,000,000 personal umbrella policy which, after going to the Supreme Court, was ruled be allowed to apply in this case.
Tractor-trailer crossed over the center line of Route 340 and ran nearly head-on to a family's Toyota Corolla, causing a 7-year-old girl to have a significant head injury. These injuries were linked to later behavioral and cognitive struggles.
Settled while jury was deliberating after a jury trial. Client bus driver was taking a group of high school students on their senior class trip when a tractor trailer in the lane to his right cut into the left lane directly in front of the bus. The client suffered amputation of left leg from the shin down and had his right hip and knee crushed.
Prince Georges County, MD: Tractor Trailer lost control in icy roadway conditions on Route 95, in violation of DOT regulations against driving in dangerous conditions. Case settled in Prince Georges County Maryland Circuit Court.
AAA trash truck hit passenger car from rear in Reston near the Dulles Toll Road. Trucks brakes were defective, driver was inexperienced and truck was overloaded. Case tried in Fairfax Circuit Court. Company offered $135,000 prior to trial; Jury Verdict of $2,025,000.
A tractor-trailer operated by a large national trucking company based in Richmond, Virginia, crossed over the center line of Route 340 in Clarke County and ran nearly head-on into our client’s Toyota Corolla, as he tried desperately to avoid the truck. The truckdriver had not seen a car slowing in front of him to make a left turn, braked too late, jackknifed, and slid into our client’s lane of traffic. Our client, a 42-year-old flight attendant, struck his head and left knee in the wreck, suffered a collapsed lung, and broke his foot and several ribs. He lost consciousness twice at the scene and sustained a mild traumatic brain injury. He tore his ACL and PCL in his left knee, underwent three surgeries, with extensive recuperation required each time, and still has significant impairments that affect his ability to run with his children and play sports, and that make his work more difficult. He continues to suffer the effects of his mild brain injury in areas such as memory, organization, and cognitive fatigue. High-level cognitive therapy has assisted him. We faced several serious problems with the case, most notably the location of the wreck. Both sides felt that if the case were tried in Clarke county, the verdict might be far less than in other venues. Taking advantage of the company’s location in Richmond, we filed suit in that court. The trucking company twice tried to move the case and we prevailed both times. The defense argued that our client had suffered no brain injury, claimed that he had only briefly lost consciousness, and argued, alternatively, that he had problems stemming from substance abuse. The Plaintiff was prepared to call a series of strong lay witnesses to contrast the plaintiff’s abilities before and after the wreck and to discuss the life changing nature of his injuries. Both sides agree to mediate the case with a retired judge, and our client’s sister, who had been with him in the ER, spoke at the mediation and proved to be a very powerful witness. We also used video interviews of two lay witnesses and the plaintiff describing the nature of the plaintiff’s injuries and their impact on his life at mediation. The case settled for $1,800,000.
Fauquier County, VA: Tanker struck passenger car head-on, on Rt. 17, one-lane highway, after driver took eyes off road to adjust heater. Case pending in Fairfax Circuit Court. Nurse and mom of three seriously injured in wreck.
Multiple settlements in Fairfax Circuit Court for a young man severely injured when a large dump truck crossed four lanes of I-95 north, jumped the guard rail and landed on the car he was in on I-95 south.
California federal court case on behalf of the family of a clergyman killed in car hit by a tanker; investigation revealed that tanker driver had been speeding, had been fired and rehired by his employer three times, and had amassed numerous moving violations.
Fairfax Circuit Court action in which we represented 81-year old former concentration camp escapee and competitive tennis player broadsided by Swedish executive driving rented Mustang convertible.
Richmond, Virginia; a career truck driver injured his shoulder during a delivery when the parking brake in his truck failed, causing it to roll down a hill. The driver had reported that the brakes were bad. The defendants attempted to fix the brakes, but failed to notify the driver that the repairs had not been completed.
Fairfax County, VA: Intoxicated driver of a delivery van ran red light and injured elderly woman.
Settlement for a television actor who injured his knee and head when struck by a dump truck hauling a load of asphalt with defective brakes in Reston, Virginia.
Fairfax County, VA: Tractor-trailer struck passenger car from rear on Washington Beltway, in Springfield. Driver was incompetent, on probation for prior violations. Case tried in Fairfax Circuit court. The driver of the truck had nine prior accidents and may have been using an on-board email system at the time of the wreck.
Prince William, VA.: an 87 year old woman was killed on her way to a party celebrating the birth of her first great-grandson when a driver on a side street ran through a stop sign into her path of travel.
Fairfax County, VA: Catering truck backed over elderly maintenance worker in parking lot, fracturing his hip.
Fairfax County, VA: Wife and husband injured on I-495 when driver of television cable communication truck lost control and veered into oncoming lanes. Case pending.
New York: Delivery truck lost control on icy roadway and struck husband and wife who were standing on the side of the road. Case pending.
Members of two families seriously injured when van crossed over from northbound lanes of I-495 to southbound lanes. Case Pending.
Settlement for a physician injured when his car was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer on I-495.
South Carolina case in which we represented pedestrian who suffered very serious orthopedic injuries when struck by motorcyclist while crossing road.
Fairfax County, VA: Tow truck struck and killed state trooper in the line of duty on motorcycle on Route 95 in Fairfax County. Driver not paying attention, using cell phone; problems with driver hiring and retention in view of criminal and driving history. Case settled.
Excavating company dump truck hit passenger car from rear. Driver inattentive, driving on suspended license. Case pending. Prince William County Circuit Court.
Charlottesville, VA: Truck repair firm improperly serviced truck, leaving defective emergency brake. Truckdriver hit after dismounting when truck rolled downhill after brake failed. Case pending.