Jury Awards More Than a Million Dollars to Man for Truck Accident

August 27, 2013

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An Illinois jury last Friday returned a verdict in favor of a 37 year-old Troy, Illinois man, awarding him nearly $1.3 million that stemmed from him being hit by a tractor-trailer.

According to a release from lawyers, the plaintiff, Tim Balota, testified that he was injured when he was stopped in a construction zone and was rear-ended on I-55/70 and Illinois Route 157 on May 20, 2008, by a Trans Am Trucking tractor-trailer traveling between 20 and 30 mph.

His attorneys claimed in court Balota was on his way back to St. Louis University hospital for follow-up care from a 2007 serious life-threatening car accident where he was a passenger. A doctor testified that Balota suffered cervical disc injuries and an aggravation of his pre-existing mid and low back injuries from his first accident.

Trans Am denied liability and blamed another trucking company for the crash. Trans Am also blamed the prior accident of 2007 for his injuries and recommended that the jury award $4,900.

"Balota testified that the crash resulted in two impacts,” said Robert Schmieder II, lawyer for the plaintiff. “The first when he was struck from behind. The second occurred when his truck was thrust forward into another vehicle. In total, two tractor trailers and three cars were involved in the wreck."


  1. 1. John [ August 29, 2013 @ 07:34PM ]

    So it was the Trans-Am drivers fault that the guy in the car was too close to the vehicle in front of him?

  2. 2. Butch [ September 10, 2013 @ 05:11PM ]

    John: You need to re-read the article. The victim was STOPPED in a construction zone. Doubtless it was no different than being stopped at a red light. The Trans Am driver plowed into him. How often do you stop in a construction zone or at a red light and leave five-car (or truck) lengths between you and the vehicle ahead of you????

  3. 3. Mitchell A. Rider [ May 30, 2016 @ 04:51PM ]

    Can't tell you " newbies" anything. You ( somehow) get a CDL and think that automatically qualifies you as a professional. Your careers are very short lived, all of you. Either you hurt or kill an innocent person, or you starve to death because of driving getting miles, your in the truck stops in your shorts and flip flops, Bluetooths on your heads, with your reflective vests on telling all the other morons what a super trucker you are.


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