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Hume leads team to defense verdict in Monroe County jury trial

Chris Hume and Jim Koch obtained a verdict in favor of a commercial truck driver and his company after a seven day jury trial in Monroe County, Alabama.  The 72 year old plaintiff alleged that the defendant was negligent and wanton for attempting to pass the plaintiff in a no-passing zone and failing to keep a proper lookout while distracted by a diagnostic tool in the cab of his Freightliner.  In the ensuing collision, the plaintiff, ejected from his pick-up truck, suffered a traumatic brain injury and fractures of his clavicle, scapula, ribs, spine, skull and jaw and was LifeFlighted from Monroeville to Mobile.  Plaintiff’s wife claimed a loss of consortium.  Defendant successfully asserted a defense of contributory negligence based on plaintiff’s failure to yield the right-of-way by pulling out in front of the defendant causing the defendant to take evasive action to avoid rear-ending the plaintiff.  Plaintiffs’ counsel asked for a verdict of $1,335,821 on the negligence and wantonness counts in closing argument.  The jury returned with a defense verdict in a little over an hour.  

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