A jury in New Jersey has returned a verdict of $1.5 million in damages in favor of a man who was injured while operating a motorcycle on a public highway. According to trial testimony, the June 2006 crash occurred after a truck driver waved another vehicle that was in a doughnut store lot into the highway. As that vehicle crossed the highway, it collided with the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle sustained a concussion, a permanent arm injury and cracked five teeth.
The truck driver denied at trial that he waved the car into traffic, but a police officer said the trucker told a different story at the scene. The verdict reflects a provision in state law which holds drivers in New Jersey liable if they negligently wave others into traffic. In most states it would be negligent conduct, but based on common law principles.
Source: Insurance Journal
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