Defense Verdict for Tractor-Trailer Owner and Operator
Obtained a defense verdict in a trucking & transportation case following a two-week trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The case involved a tragic accident that resulted in the death of a 29-year-old woman four days before Christmas. We represented the owner and operator of the tractor-trailer that caught fire following a blown tire in the Lehigh Valley Tunnel. As a result of this initial incident, traffic through the tunnel was stopped completely while the tractor-trailer fire was being extinguished. The decedent was killed when she was rear-ended by one of the co-defendants while stopped in the traffic backlog. The day before the accident, the tractor-trailer was cited for having an active engine oil leak, which the plaintiffs claimed caused the initial accident and resulting fire. After four hours of deliberations, the jury found in favor of the owner and operator and apportioned liability at 100% against the co-defendants in the amount of $1.8 million.