Personal Injury – Auto; Contributory Negligence

Style of Case: Adline G. Young v. Jared J. Whitaker
Client:    Jared J. Whitaker
Trial End Date:   6/21/2007
Court:    Third Judicial Circuit Court, Madison County, Illinois
Type of Case:    Personal Injury – Auto; Contributory Negligence
Judge:    The Honorable Nicholas G. Byron
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case:  Michael C. Hobin
Jury Verdict

Plaintiff alleged personal injuries in a 3-car automobile accident on April 1, 2003 on Route 40 near Troy. Defendant was the driver of the rear vehicle. Plaintiff and defendant claimed each other were liable for the collision. During trial, plaintiff presented evidence of damages by way of testimony from a treating physician and plaintiff herself. Defendant did not utilize an IME. As to liability, both parties testified the other was at fault and defendant called upon the driver of the third vehicle involved in the accident to testify as to what she saw and heard. During closing argument, plaintiff’s counsel suggested an award of $75,000. After deliberating for approximately 2 hours, the jury found plaintiff’s damages to be $500 and reduced the award by 50%, finding liability to be 50/50.

Last Demand:    $20,000
Verdict:    $250