$3,500,000 Settlement – Motor Vehicle Collision Involving Drunk Driver
A drunk driver slammed into our clients’ F-250 on I-85 in Atlanta. The company that owned the truck only carried $500,000 of insurance, but through its investigation, Shiver Hamilton Campbell discovered that the company had significant assets and property. The drunk driver was not on the clock for the company when the wreck occurred, so the company denied any responsibility for the wreck.
The company was sued on a theory that it negligently entrusted the truck to the drunk driver. In Georgia, a plaintiff must prove that the owner had actual knowledge of the driver’s dangerous driving propensities, which the company also denied. After litigating the case for a year and reviewing the evidence, Shiver Hamilton Campbell discovered that the company had paid six prior speeding tickets for the driver. After this evidence came to light, the company paid $3,000,000 of its own money to avoid a trial.