Truck Accident Injury Attorney Wins $5M Jury Verdict for Family of Child Severely Burned in Car Crash
By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq. on May 1st, 2020
A truck crash attorney won a $5 million jury verdict for the family of a boy who suffered severe burns in 2016 when a tractor-trailer crashed into the rear of a pickup truck he was riding in on a Delaware roadway.
The boy, whose identity is being withheld because he is a minor, was in the back seat of a pickup truck that was also occupied by his uncle and aunt when the crash occurred on Route 896 in Glasgow, Delaware, on Aug. 19, 2016, according to a March 27 story by Law.com. As the pickup waited after stopping for a red light, it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, causing the pickup to burst into flames with its passengers inside, the story reported.
The child, who is now 9 years old and is identified in the lawsuit as N.P., N.P. suffered second- and third-degree burns over 26% of his body, including his back, buttocks and legs which required skin graft surgeries. The boy, who lives with his parents in Neptune, N.J., also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder due to the crash.
The tractor-trailer, which was being driven by Charles Bolton, who worked for Tristate Trucking of Baltimore, failed to stop behind traffic waiting at the red light before smashing into the pickup, according to the story. The crash was recorded on a traffic camera located at the intersection, which provided evidence in the case.
The family’s lawsuit was filed in Middlesex County, N.J., against Bolton, Tristate and Tristate’s principal owner, James Lighty, the story reported. The suit also names office supply vendor W.B. Mason of Brockton, Massachusetts, whose merchandise was being goods were shipped in the truck at the time of the crash, and A. Duie Pyle Inc. of West Chester, Pennsylvania, which had arranged the delivery.
The jury reached its $5 million verdict jointly against Bolton, Tristate and Lighty following a three-day trial before Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Lisa Vignuolo. Unfortunately for the plaintiffs, because the Tristate trucking company has only $740,000 in insurance coverage, it is uncertain if the full amount of the verdict can ever be recovered, the story reported. A separate insurance coverage action involving the trailer portion of Tristate’s truck is still pending, one of the attorneys in the case said.
The family had already reached separate, earlier settlements with W.B. Mason for $450,000 and with A. Duie Pyle for $1.25 million, bringing the total recovery in the case to about $6.7 million, the story reported.
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