A Colorado jury awarded a husband and wife more than $18 million recently for injuries the husband suffered when a tractor-trailer struck the car he was driving at the interchange of two interstate highways in 2006. The jury found Nebraska-based trucking company Werner Enterprises Inc. and Cheryl Neal — who was driving the tractor-trailer – at fault in causing the crash. Even though the Defendants contended that Peter D. Brophy, who was driving a 1993 BMW, was at fault, the jury found him to be blameless in the crash.
The jury awarded Mr. Brophy $15,785,257 and his wife, Kate Brophy, $2,284,000. Mr. Brophy suffered severe brain damage in the crash, uses a wheelchair and can barely speak. He will likely never work again. The crash occurred as Mr. Brophy merged from westbound Interstate 80 onto southbound Interstate 25. He was in the acceleration lane and the tractor-trailer attempted to exit southbound Interstate 25 onto Interstate 80. The right front wheel of the tractor-trailer intruded into the left rear wheel well of the BMW, causing the car to spin across the interstate. Another tractor-trailer then crashed into the BMW.
Mr. Brophy, who has a life expectancy of 40 years, will continue to incur medical costs for the rest of his life. This means he will have these expenses for at least 40 additional years. His wife, Kate Brophy, suffered the loss of her husband’s livelihood. Gary Ceriani, a Denver-based lawyer, represented the Plaintiffs and did a very good job for them.
Source: Wyoming News
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