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$1.95M settlement in Alamance rear-ender involving semi and stopped car

Plaintiff was a passenger in an auto stopped on the shoulder of an interstate highway at night when the defendant’s semi truck ran into the vehicle from behind.

Plaintiff was in a vegetative state for approximately one year and ultimately died as a result of the impact. Defendant contended the auto was illegally parked and that the auto was parked either in or unreasonably close to the traveled portion of the highway.


Settlement Report

Type of action: Personal injury

Injuries alleged: Death

Case name: Montano et al. v. Carolina Tank Lines

Case number: 09 CVS 218

Court: Alamance County Superior Court

Verdict or settlement: Pre-trial settlement

Date: June 2010

Amount: $1.95 million

Demand: $2 million 

Were liability and/or damages contested? Yes

Was the opposing party represented by legal counsel? Yes

Has the plaintiff been successful in actually collecting the settlement? Yes

Plaintiff’s attorney: Brett Dressler of Sellers Hinshaw (Charlotte)

Editor’s note: The information in Lawyers Weekly’s verdicts and settlements reports was submitted by the counsel for the prevailing party and represents the attorney’s characterization of the case.

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