$650,000 obtained for parents of their adult child killed in Arizona crash involving semi tractor trailer
$650,000 obtained for parents of their adult child killed in Arizona crash involving semi tractor trailer. The child was killed when the truck she occupied caught fire. Under Arizona law, the parents were limited to compensation their grief only (and not loss of earning capacity as many states allow). In this complicated case, Mr. Sciantarelli personally traveled to the Arizona desert to investigate the incident. With the assistance of local co-counsel, Mr. Sciantarelli sued the trucking company for the negligent operation of the truck and the manufacturer of the truck for crashworthiness and defective product claims in Arizona. At issue was fault for the accident and whether the driver of the truck was actually employed at the time by the trucking company. The manufacturer of the truck denied its truck was defective. Mr. Sciantarelli conducted a “focus group” of citizens in the southwest United States near the accident site to gauge what this tragic case was worth before a jury in that area. After discovery, settlement was reached for the grieving parents at mediation in Arizona in excess of the amounts recommended by the focus group. Prior to litigation, all defendants had denied all responsibility and offered zero to these parents.