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Collision with bobtail semi-truck in Kansas results in settlement

A woman injured in a collision between a truck and a passenger vehicle in Kansas resulted in a $3.7 million settlement, according to her attorney.

Jason P. Roth of Roth Davies said the accident occurred during the summer of 2020. The defendant driver, who was driving a “bobtail” semi-truck — that is, a truck without a trailer attached — made a left-hand turn in front of the plaintiff at an uncontrolled intersection. The plaintiff, a nurse, sustained a complex fracture of her left femur and greater trochanter. She underwent surgery, which ultimately healed well despite some ongoing weakness and other limitations.

Roth said liability was vigorously disputed. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant was negligent in failing to yield and that the commercial motor vehicle was poorly maintained and should not have been on the road at the time of the collision. The defendant driver claimed he could not see the plaintiff’s oncoming vehicle approaching because her headlights weren’t on and that she was traveling at a high rate of speed.

After multiple depositions, including the corporate representative of the defendant trucking company and the company’s safety director, the defendants agreed during mediation to settle the matter.

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$3.7 million settlement (out of state)

Motor Vehicle Collision

Venue: Kansas

Case Number/Date: Confidential/Oct. 31, 2022

Special Damages: Approx. $205,000 medical costs

Caption: Confidential

Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Jason P. Roth, Roth Davies, Overland Park, Kansas; Chris Hanson, Hanson Law Firm, Mission, Kansas

Defendants’ Attorneys: Confidential