Plaintiffs were visiting relatives in the U.S. when their passenger vehicle was struck on freeway by a tractor-trailer truck. Plaintiff wife suffered severe spinal injuries and requires constant care. Defendant trucking company denied liability and offered a $250,000 settlement pre-trial. Jury found trucking company 100% liable.
$5,482,302.56 (see breakdown in notes below)
$31,000,000.00 (see breakdown in notes below)
On March 26, 2010, plaintiffs Jaishree and Prakash Sheth, a married couple, were visiting relatives in the United States and were on their way to the Orange County, California airport to take a family vacation to Hawaii. The Sheths were passengers in a vehicle driven by one of their U.S. relatives, Defendant Shah, when a collision occurred between a big-rig owned and operated by defendant Schneider National Carriers, Inc. and the vehicle carrying the Sheths.
The accident occurred on Interstate 10, in the city of Beaumont.
That the Schneider tractor trailer improperly attempted to pass the car, crossed over into the Sheth’s lane and hit their vehicle. That the impact of the truck caused the Sheth’s vehicle to spin out of control across the freeway where it hit the median barrier and was struck by another vehicle.
Defendant Schneider contended that its driver committed no negligent act, never attempted to change lanes,and that the vehicle driven by defendant Shah swerved into its driver's lane, causing the collision.
Defendant Shah contended that he never left his lane and that the Schneider big-rig improperly attempted to pass his car, crossed over into his lane and hit his car, causing it to spin out of control across the freeway, where it hit the median barrier and was struck by another vehicle.
Plaintiff Prakash Sheth suffered minor physical injuries in the collision. Plaintiff Jaishree Sheth suffered a C5-6 fracture, spinal fracture and spinal cord injury in the March 26, 2010 accident. When she arrived at the hospital, Mrs. Sheth was completely paralyzed. She underwent two emergency surgeries, experienced respiratory failure and was hospitalized for two months. Mrs. Sheth still requires 24-hour attendant care, is unable to control her bowel and bladder, and still has not regained full use of her hands or limbs and has no fine motor skills.
Plaintiff Prakash Sheth also had a claim for loss of consortium.