The Circuit Court of Jefferson County Alabama, Bessemer Division recently entered judgment in favor of a local young woman represented by Setara Foster and Neal Moore. The jury deliberated for only one hour before delivering the defense verdict.
The plaintiffs claimed Mrs. Foster’s and Mr. Moore’s client acted negligently and wantonly in causing the rear-end collision on Bessemer Super Highway in February of 2013. The defendant, however, said the plaintiffs suddenly hit their brakes, and that the unavoidable collision was just an accident. Though the collision was minor, one of the plaintiffs suffered from a degenerative disease at the time of the accident, and attempted to claim nearly $80,000.00 in medical damages.
Mrs. Foster and Mr. Moore focused on two primary themes: the reasonableness of their client’s conduct, and the over reach of the plaintiff’s alleged injuries. The jury responded well to the defense. During brief post trial interviews, a number of jurors said they did not believe the plaintiff proved Foster’s and Moore’s client acted unreasonably. They believed the accident was just an accident. Additionally, the jury believed the plaintiff’s injuries resulted from her pre-existing conditions, not the accident.
If you have any questions about this case or the Firm’s Auto Collision Defense practice, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Moore or Mrs. Foster.