$3.5 MILLION JUDGMENT AT TRIAL - BIG RIG TRUCK CRASHES INTO VAN IN ARIZONA

A mother traveling with her 11 year old daughter on Interstate 40 near Seligman, Arizona was killed when an eighteen wheel tractor-trailer traveling at 70 mph crashed into the rear of her van. The 11 year old was thrown 40 feet into a field and suffered a traumatic brain injury, fractured clavicle and an L-4 compression fracture. Her fracture eventually healed, but she was left with cognitive residual deficits. A judgment after a trial resulted in an award of $1,641,416 for the 11 year old and the funds were used to purchase a tax free annuity for her with guaranteed payments of $3,500,000.