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Rodriguez v. Fore Transp., 2018 WL 3014328

2018 WL 3014328 (Ill.Cir.Ct.) (Verdict and Settlement Summary)

Tractor Trailer Strikes Pedestrian at Intersection
Circuit Court of Illinois, Cook County Judicial Circuit.
Rodriguez v. Fore Transp.
Type of Case:
Vehicle Negligence • Motor Vehicle v. Motor Vehicle

Vehicle Negligence • Pedestrian

Vehicle Negligence • Truck

Vehicle Negligence • Intersection

Vehicle Negligence • Right Turn

Specific Liability: Tractor trailer made negligent right turn at intersection, struck pedestrian
General Injury: Unspecified personal injuries; medical expenses

State: Illinois
County: Cook
Related Court Documents:
Plaintiff’s second amended complaint: 2018 WL 2972622

Verdict form: 2018 WL 2972524

Verdict form: 2018 WL 2972526

Case Name: Vincent Rodriguez v. Fore Transportation, Inc.
Docket/File Number: 2017-L-012640
Trial Type: Jury
Verdict: Plaintiff, $1,898,000; reduced to $1,233,700 per negligence apportionment
Range Amount: $1,000,000 – 1,999,999
Date of Incident: January 24, 2012
Verdict/Judgment Date: May 21, 2018
Judge:James P. McCarthy
Plaintiff: John J. MacInerney, Hofeld & Schaffner, Chicago, IL
Defendant: Timothy J. Young, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith L.L.P., Chicago, IL; Ronald W. Payne, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith L.L.P., Chicago, IL
Breakdown of Award:
$400,000.00 to plaintiff for loss of a normal life
$600,000.00 to plaintiff for disfigurement
$500,000.00 to plaintiff for pain and suffering
$398,000.00 to plaintiff for medical care, treatment and services
The panel determined the plaintiff was 35 percent negligent.
Summary of Facts:
Vincent Rodriguez was a pedestrian at the intersection of Pulaski Road and Archer Avenue, when he was struck by a tractor trailer operated by Peter Ulbricht, an agent and/or employee of Fore Transportation Inc., making a right turn at the intersection. Rodriguez sustained unspecified personal injuries as a result of the collision.

Rodriguez filed a lawsuit against Fore Transportation. The plaintiff alleged Ulbricht was negligent in failing to yield to a pedestrian, failing to signal his intention to make a right turn, and failing to come to a complete stop. He sought compensation for his personal injuries, medical expenses and disfigurement.

The defendant denied liability and claimed the plaintiff was comparatively negligent.

A jury determined the plaintiff was 35 percent negligent. The plaintiff was awarded damages in the total amount of $1,898,000. The award was reduced to $1,233,700 per the negligence apportionment.

JVR 1806140016

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