Jason Goodnight successfully defended a trucking company and its driver in a recent case tried to a jury in Arkansas. The company driver was traveling down the highway in heavy rain on a flooded portion of the road. Another tractor-trailer suddenly stopped and swerved in front of the company driver. The company driver was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision, and he rear-ended the tractor trailer in front of him.
The rear-ended tractor trailer was transporting an expensive piece of bottle-packing equipment that was on its way to a brewery. The brewery bought a new bottle packer and asked the jury to award it approximately $1 million in damages for costs allegedly incurred in replacing the damaged bottle packer. The brewery argued that the company driver was negligent because he failed to stop in time to avoid a collision. Jason explained to the jury that the company driver acted reasonably under the circumstances and did everything in his power to avoid a collision. The jury agreed with Jason, and returned a verdict for the trucking company and its driver. The brewery recovered nothing in the lawsuit.