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Snowy conditions led to collision with tractor-trailer – $1,025,000 Settlement

Plaintiff was a 20-year-old college student who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a January 2010 motor vehicle collision on Interstate 95 in Greensville County. Plaintiff was a passenger in a car that collided with a tractor-trailer when the driver of the car changed lanes and lost control of his vehicle. It was snowing at the time of the collision and the surface of the highway was slippery.
As a result of his brain injury, the plaintiff was forced to miss one semester of college while he recuperated. He returned to college, changed his major and eventually graduated. Despite his successful completion of college, the plaintiff still suffered from sequelae of his brain injury that included: partial loss of hearing in one ear; sleep disorder; and some problems with concentration, attention, memory and emotionality. Plaintiff’s incurred medical expenses were $214,967.05.

Plaintiff brought suit against both the driver of his vehicle, who was a close friend, and the tractor-trailer driver and his employer. The parties each designated multiple experts to testify regarding the extent of the plaintiff’s brain injury. The case eventually settled at mediation a few weeks before trial for the total sum of $1,025,000, comprised of payments from the insurance carriers for both defendants.


Type of action: Personal injury – automobile/tractor-trailer accident
Injuries alleged: Traumatic brain injury
Court: Greensville County Circuit Court
Verdict or settlement: Settlement
Amount: $1,025,000
Attorneys for plaintiff: Irvin V. Cantor, Elliott M. Buckner and Stephanie E. Grana, Richmond

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