Hanson v. Unnamed Trucking Company

David E. Rapoport

Case Conclusion Date:July 23, 2009

Practice Area:Trucking Accident

Outcome:$6.9 million settlement during deliberations, $4.8 million more than the defendant's best pre-trial offer to settle

Description:A $6.9 million settlement was reached between a major semi truck company and two individuals moments before a jury was about to deliver its verdict after a four day trial in Madison, Wisconsin. A family was torn apart by tragedy when a semi truck drove over a stopped car killing two of its occupants, a fifty-two-year-old woman and her four-year-old granddaughter. The third person in the car, a fifty-eight-year-old man, survived the crash with a fractured leg and post-traumatic stress disorder. While the trucking company admitted fault before trial it argued the damages should be valued at $2.1 million. During the four day jury trial the trucking company’s offer went up incrementally until the case finally settled for $6.9 million just before the jury was about to return what jurors interviewed after the settlement said would have been a $6.5 million dollar verdict.