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ARTICLE ID 29102

$________ - MOTOR VEHICLE NEGLIGENCE - WIFE AND MOTHER DIE IN ACCIDENT - EIGHT-YEAR-OLD NEPHEW SUFFERS BRAIN DAMAGE WHEN THEIR VEHICLE IS REAR-ENDED BY CAR HAULER AFTER BEING SIDESWIPED BY ANOTHER VEHICLE AND PUSHED INTO THE PATH OF TRUCK - WRONGFUL DEATHS.

Jackson County, Missouri

The plaintiff’s mother and wife were killed and his eight-year-old nephew permanently injured when their vehicle was rear-ended by the defendant’s car hauler while traveling on the highway. The defendant maintained that there was nothing that could be done to avoid the collision.

The accident happened at rush hour on July 13, ________. The plaintiff’s vehicle, a Pontiac Sunfire, was traveling southbound on Interstate ________, near U.S. 24. The plaintiff Richard Coleman was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his wife of only six weeks. The other occupants in the vehicle were the plaintiff’s mother and the couple’s eight-year-old nephew, Brandon Coleman.

The plaintiff’s vehicle was sideswiped by a vehicle driven by the defendant Besares. This collision occurred as the defendant Besares’ vehicle was merging into the plaintiff’s lane of travel.

The force of the collision caused the plaintiff’s vehicle to be propelled into the next lane of travel where it was rear-ended by the defendant, Auction Transport’s car carrier. As a result of the collision, the plaintiff’s mother and wife were killed. The eight-year-old nephew was seriously injured, suffering broken bones and permanent brain damage. The child uses a walker to ambulate.

The plaintiff and his nephew brought suit, alleging that the defendants were negligent in the operation of their vehicles. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant Besares was negligent in operating her vehicle in such a manner as to cause it to strike the side of the plaintiff’s vehicle and propel that vehicle into the next lane of travel. The plaintiffs further alleged that the driver of the car carrier was negligent in operating his vehicle at a high rate of speed and in failing to be able to bring his truck to a stop before colliding with the rear of the plaintiff’s vehicle.

The defendant, Auction Transport, Inc., argued that the collision was unavoidable and that the Coleman vehicle was knocked in front of the truck preventing the driver from having the ability to perceive and react in time to stop his truck.

The trial in this matter lasted for two weeks. The jury deliberated for approximately six hours before returning its verdict. The jury’s verdict was in the amount of $________. The verdict consisted of $________ to the minor Brandon Coleman and $________ to the plaintiff, Richard Coleman for the wrongful death actions.

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