In Riverside County, California, a jury awarded Jaishree and Prakash Sheth over $36 million for an 18-wheeler crash that left Jaishree Sheth with a fractured spine. According to the evidence at trial, Mrs. Sheth suffered fractures at C5-6 and was completely paralyzed upon admission to the hospital. She underwent two emergency surgeries, suffered respiratory failure and was hospitalized for over two months subsequently. According to the pleadings, she still requires 24-hour attendant care. The Sheths filed suit against Schneider National, a multi-national trucking company, for the negligence of its driver in causing the catastrophic collision.
The Texas Supreme Court last week upheld a jury's verdict in favor of a woman and her injured child. The case is Arvizu, et al. v. The Estate of George Puckett d/b/a Puckett Auto Sales, ___ S.W.3d ___ (Tex. 2012)(3/30/12). In this case, a company claimed it should not be responsible for driver who was delivering a vehicle on its behalf.
Volvo has always been known as an innovator when it comes to driver safety and now this commercial car builder is also creating technology designed to protect pedestrians. According to recent reports, more than 47,700 pedestrians were killed and more than 688,000 were injured last year in collisions with automobiles. In an effort to decrease these numbers, Volvo introduced the world's first pedestrian airbag system last week at the Geneva Motor Show.