Case Conclusion Date: 12.14.2011
Practice Area: Trucking Accident
Outcome: $8.5 Million Verdict
Description: CONCORD, NH (December 14, 2011) — William J. Thompson of Lubin & Meyer obtained an $8.5 million jury verdict this afternoon in New Hampshire federal court. The case involved wrongful death claims brought by the family of a 38-year-old father of two, who was killed while cycling in August, 2008, when he was run over by a tractor trailer. The accident occurred on Route 25 in Porter, Maine, about a mile and a half from the NH border. The bicyclist was an experienced rider on a high-performance bike. The tractor trailer attempted to pass the bicyclist on a left curve in the roadway, but had limited visibility. When a vehicle appeared traveling in the other direction, the tractor trailer had to move to the right leaving limited clearance for the bicyclist and forcing him off the road where he lost control and fell back under the tractor trailer's rear tires and was killed instantly. The trial lasted seven days and the jury deliberated for four hours before reaching its verdict. It is believed to be the largest jury verdict in New Hampshire this year.