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$10M Award For Maimed Truck Driver (IL)


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Appellate Court Cuts $10M Award For Maimed Truck Driver

Sept. 9, 2020, 8:22 PM


An Illinois court of appeals on Tuesday vacated a $10 million punitive damages award for a tow truck driver who lost an eye and fractured his skull when the hood of his truck slammed down on his head in windy Chicago weather is entitled to a $9.5 million compensatory award, but a $10 million punitive damages award against Paccar Inc., the truck manufacturer, must be vacated, an Illinois appeals court said.


The safety cable and hook system at the heart of the case, “no matter how flawed, was not on Truck 55 at the time of the accident,” and the radiator and hood were not Paccar’s original parts, the Appellate Court of Illinois said Tuesday.



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