A 25-year-old man hit by a tractor-trailer carrying an oversized load through North Georgia won a settlement for $5.6 million. A Peterbilt tractor and the plaintiff collided on the afternoon of April 19, 2006 on Georgia Highway 53 near Marble Hill.
As a result of the collision, the plaintiff fractured his hip and a lower leg. The subsequent medical bills incurred totaled $364,000, with at least $20,000 in lost wages. The plaintiff’s lawsuit against Custom Truck and Equipment Inc., which is based in Michigan, claimed recklessness and negligence. The lawsuit sought punitive damages as well as unspecified compensation for past and future medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The defendants agreed to pay an initial payment of $1.6 million plus $4,000 a month for the next ten years, $5,000 a month for the second ten years and $6,025 a month for the rest of the plaintiff’s life to pain into an irrevocable trust.