Deborah Motley v. Jerry Wilson Logging Co., Gale Creek Logging

Deborah Motley v. Jerry Wilson Logging Co., Gale Creek Logging

Chilton County Settlement of $800,000

Settlement shortly before trial with hauler of extra long logs as well as logging company which loaded logs onto haulers trailer. Hauler’s insurer paid policy limits of $500,000 and balance of proceeds were from logging company. Fatal accident occurred at night when an eighteen-year-old driver collided with logs extending from rear of tractor trailer that was in the process of turning from one rural roadway onto another. Driver of tractor trailer claimed he did not know he had been involved in an accident and left the scene. State Trooper cited the hauler for multiple violations including inadequate lighting, but also miscalculated eighteen-year-old’s speed at twenty-nine miles above the speed limit. Through accident reconstruction, plaintiff proved trooper had substantially overestimated speed of teenager’s vehicle. Plaintiff also found witness in the area of the accident that troopers were unable to locate indicating that truck driver knew he had been involved in a accident.

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