Hinton v. Craig Brown, B.T.T. Transportation, Inc., and Berthina Vaughan

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Prince George County Circuit Court
Injuries: Vascular and Ankle Injuries
Jury Verdict: $2,000,000.00

Attorneys

Elizabeth M. Allen (Retired)

Mr. Hinton was a passenger in an automobile which struck the rear of a tractor trailer on a dark stretch of Route 460 at midnight in Prince George County. The defendant truck driver had stopped his vehicle in the left through lane of Route 460 when his passenger side window suddenly broke. Within a minute or two of stopping, the truck driver realized he was not injured himself and his truck was operable. However, he remained stopped in the road for about ten minutes while he called 911. The co-defendant, who had been traveling directly behind the truck driver but some miles behind him, failed to realize the truck was at a complete stop in the middle of the road and she slammed into the back of the truck. The jury held Brown and his employer, BTT Transportation, Inc., liable for Mr. Hinton's injuries, but found Mr. Hinton's driver to be free of negligence. Mr. Hinton sustained a serious vascular injury which is often fatal, and he suffered severe orthopedic injuries to his ankle. This case resulted in the largest personal injury verdict in Prince George County.

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