Carr Allison attorneys Thomas L. Oliver, II (Birmingham, Ala. office) and David Howard (Florence, Ala., office), successfully defended a major transportation client in a week-long trial in Circuit Court in north Alabama. The plaintiff, an elderly female who was wheelchair bound at trial, alleged that the Werner driver was negligent in the operation of his tractor trailer when he pulled into the highway while attempting to deliver a load of boats to a local dealership. While the plaintiff’s vehicle was able to stop, a subsequent car was not and violently struck the rear of the plaintiff’s car. She suffered severe injuries to her legs, shoulder and back incurring over $100,000 in medical bills. The extent of injuries were not in doubt whereas the case was defended on the validity of the negligence claim as well as the proximate cause of the accident. In closing arguments, plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury to return a verdict of $500,000. A verdict of $25,000 was returned by the jury, well below the amount offered prior to trial.