$1.63 Million Jury Verdict in Tractor-Trailer Crash Caused by Failure to Stop at Intersection

Gina Sanderson, 48, drove her vehicle into an intersection where there was a two-way stop sign. Her car was struck from the side by a tractor-trailer driven by Philip Wright. He had run through the stop sign. Wright was an employee of Darling Ingredients Inc.  Sanderson suffered a right leg tibia pilon fracture that involved the ankle as well. The injury required two surgeries. She now experiences chronic pain and has a collapsed arch and a foot and ankle deformity among other issues.

Sanderson, who is an autism consultant, is unable to continue working full time.

She sued Wright, alleging that he chose not to stop at a stop sign, failed to keep a proper lookout and did not yield the right-of-way. The lawsuit against Darling Ingredients alleged owner liability under state law.

There was no claim for past lost income or medical expenses.

After a jury trial, the jury signed a verdict for more than $1.63 million, which included $256,600 for future lost income. The parties later reached a global settlement of $1.1 million.

At trial, the attorneys for Sanderson presented experts in orthopedic surgery, accident reconstruction, trucking, biomechanics, neuropsychology, vocational rehabilitation and economics. The defendants presented an accountant as an expert.

The attorneys representing Gina Sanderson were Jeffrey A. Danzig and Ven R. Johnson.

Sanderson v. Wright, No. 2:18CV12534 (E.D. Mich).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling intersection crash lawsuits, wrongful death cases, traumatic brain injury lawsuits, neck and back injury lawsuits and nursing home negligence cases for individuals, families and loved ones who have been injured, harmed or killed by the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Park Ridge, Skokie, Des Plaines, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Forest Park, Burbank, Evergreen Park, South Holland, Dolton, Riverdale, Hazel Crest, Country Club Hills, Orland Hills, Frankfort, Richton Park, University Park, Chicago Heights, Northbrook, Highland Park, Highwood, Olympia Fields, Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Chicago (Bucktown, Humboldt Park, West Loop, Goose Island, River North, Old Town Triangle, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Avondale, Lincoln Square, Kimball, Albany Park, Old Irving Park, Union Ridge, Edison Park, Belmont Heights, Mont Clare, Galewood, North Austin, Brighton Park, West Lawn, Scottsdale, Uptown, Wrightwood), Oak Lawn, LaGrange Highlands, Western Springs, Hinsdale, Downers Grove, Oakbrook Terrace and Melrose Park, Ill.

Robert D. Kreisman has been an active member of the Illinois and Missouri bars since 1976.

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