$24 Million settlement for student paralyzed in semi-truck crash

Keppen

Where did the incident take place?

US 12 near its intersection with Kansas Street in Pine Township, Indiana on June 19, 2002.

Who was involved in the incident?

Lisa Keppen was a passenger in a car that was struck by a Sterling tractor-trailer owned by USFreightways Corp. and USF Holland, Inc. and operated by their employee, Dale Gilchrist.

What was the cause?

Lisa was a passenger in a 1993 Mazda Protégé that was traveling westbound on US 12. A USF tractor-trailer was traveling eastbound on US 12. The tractor-trailer failed to yield and turned left into the path of the vehicle in which Lisa was a passenger, colliding with the vehicle. Lisa suffered a spinal cord injury in the crash rendering her permanently paraplegic.

Who do you feel is at fault?

Dale Gilchrist, for whom USF Holland and USFreightways Corp. were vicariously liable, for failing to yield and making a left turn into oncoming traffic. USF Holland and USFreightways Corp. are also at fault for their failure to properly train, test, and supervise Gilchrist and failure to ensure his compliance with safety regulations.

What did Kenneth J. Allen Law Group do to prepare for this case?

Interviewed witnesses to the crash within a few weeks after it occurred.

Any other pertinent information you’d prefer to share?

Click here to read the NWI times story on this case

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