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Judge sets aside $3M traffic injury verdict
Deciding he should not have allowed certain scientific testimony in the case, a Virginia circuit judge has overturned a $3 million verdict and ordered a new trial for a man injured when he was run over by a car, a lawyer in the case said. After the Oct. 2 verdict, Henry County Judge David V….
Intersection wreck causes brain, neck, back injuries – $125,000 Settlement
On May 28, 2004, at approximately 11:30 p.m., the plaintiff stopped at the intersection of King Street and Market Street in Leesburg for a red light. When the light turned green, she proceeded through the intersection and was struck by the defendant on the driver’s side of her car. The plaintiff’s vehicle spun around and…
Driver Struck Medical Scooter for Maiming Charge
Although the victim of an accident was highly intoxicated and operating his medical scooter in an erratic manner on a Virginia Beach street, there was sufficient evidence to conclude that defendant, who struck him with her vehicle, was the proximate cause of the accident, the Court of Appeals so holds, in light of her admitted…
Punitives are scored where driver was drunk
A Richmond jury has awarded $40,000 in punitive damages to a woman injured by a drunken driver, after the judge allowed introduction of circumstantial evidence to show the defendant’s conduct was willful and wanton. The judge ruled that, even though the defendant disappeared after his criminal conviction and could not be located for depositions or…
Auto Accident Nets Record Verdict
A Harrisonburg attorney has secured what is believed to be the largest verdict for an automobile accident in the history of Rockingham County. Late last month, a jury awarded the client of William W. Helsley a total of $520,000 for injuries suffered in 1999 when his car was rear-ended by a driver traveling at speeds…
Passenger in drunken driving case beats contrib, assumption of risk
Single vehicle motor vehicle accident. The plaintiff was the defendant’s girlfriend. Punitives damage claim and willful and wanton conduct were withdrawn before trial. The plaintiff didn’t want to give any validity to the blood alcohol certificate, and her theme was that she didn’t really know how much the defendant drank, she didn’t think he was…
Negligence – Premises Liability – Fall – Quadriplegia
Premises Liability – Fall – Quadriplegia…
THOMPSON v. COMMONWEALTH OF VA JULY 7, 1998 Record No. 1498-97-3 HENRY ADOLPHUS THOMPSON v. COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA OPINION BY JUDGE RICHARD S. BRAY FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG Mosby G. Perrow, III, Judge Present: Judges Bray, Overton and Bumgardner Argued at Salem, Virginia Margaret A. Nelson, Assistant Public Defender,…
Corrections to pg.3, ln 23, (cite) and pg 5, ln 7, endanger”s”…
Drunken-driving death was not ?accidental’
It’s not really clear what was on Earl Eckelberry’s mind when he took to the road in the wee hours of the morn on March 19, 2004. Eckelberry was traveling east on U.S. Route 50 near Parkersburg, W.Va., when his vehicle slammed into a tractor-trailer that was parked eight feet off the side of the…

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