Monday, February 18, 2008

trailer comes loose from truck: Collision: Wrongful deaths: Settlement: Postverdict settlement.

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3898/is_200303/ai_n9221849

trailer comes loose from truck: Collision: Wrongful deaths: Settlement: Postverdict settlement.

Ferguson v. Ritchie Tractor Co., Tenn., Knox County Cir. Ct., No. 2-60-01, Nov. 15, 2002.

Ferguson, 57, was driving on a roadway. A utility trailer came loose from a pickup truck and veered into Ferguson's lane, striking his vehicle head-on. He suffered fatal injuries. He had been the president of a security company earning approximately $100,000 annually. Ferguson is survived by his wife and two adult children.

Ferguson's wife sued the trailer manufacturer, alleging negligence in the design and manufacture of the trailer. Plaintiff also sued the company that owned and operated the trailer, alleging failure to adequately secure it, in violation of state law requiring safety chains.
The trailer manufacturer settled during trial for a confidential amount. The jury then awarded $5 million, finding the owner of the trailer 60 percent liable, and the manufacturer, 40 percent liable. Plaintiff then settled with the trailer owner for a confidential amount.
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Plaintiff's experts were Robert Lott, mechanical engineering, Nashville, Tenn., and Robert Bohm, economics, Knoxville, Tenn. Defendant's expert was Tyler Kress, mechanical engineering, Knoxville, Tenn.

Plaintiffs Counsel

*Sidney Gilreath, Knoxville, Tenn.

*Chris Gilreath, Knoxville, Tenn.

2 comments:

christian said...

It's too bad that life was lost in the tragic accident that could have been avoided if a little caution was exercised. These happen everyday, everywhere. If you become a victim of such accidents its best to seek the help of a San Diego Auto Accident Attorney.

Colter said...

it's truly tragic that Ferguson had to loose his life over something so simple as a trailer attachment! it nice to see that his wife got compensated in some way but no amount will ever be enough!

Colter
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