STATE COURT OF FULTON COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA, CARL A. THOMAS v. RUAN TRANSPORT CORPORATION
Mr. Thomas was an owner operator of his 18 wheel logging truck. He was traveling westbound on I-20 in Morgan County, Georgia in front of a Ruan Transport 18 wheel truck. Both were operating commercial tractor trailers. Suddenly and without warning, Mr. Johnson, a Ruan Transport’s driver, struck the rear of Mr. Thomas’s vehicle and pushed it several hundred feet down the highway. Mr. Johnson through his employer Ruan denied liability based on evidence from the Georgia State Patrol that Mr. Thomas was traveling dangerously slow for the interstate and without requiring warning lights.
As a result of the accident, Mr. Thomas suffered injuries to his knee, neck and back with pain radiating into his extremities. He received several lumbar epidural steroid injections which did not relieve his pain. Mr. Thomas had to undergo a surgery on his back but had a prior back surgery which was unrelated to this wreck.
Mr. Thomas was self-employed as an independent truck operator. As a result of the accident, he was out of work for several months.
The case settled before trial during mediation in the amount of three hundred seventy five thousand dollars ($375,000.00).