Common carriers have a strict liability regarding accidents caused by their property and so will be responsible for the injury and damages it will cause.
A Sacramento jury has recently awarded a total of $24.3 million to a 14-year-old girl who was ran over by her father driving a truck that is listed as a “common carrier” and not a broker as argued by the defense. The amount breaks the $16 million record-high verdict in Sacramento awarded last year for a wrongful death.
The accident in September 2004 crushed the then 10-year-old girl’s pelvis. Her legal representative, who also represented the family who won the $16 million for a wrongful death last year, said that the girl will need a lot of surgeries in the future because of the accident.
The jury awarded $2.2 million for her past medical expenses, $8 million for her past non-economic damages including pain and suffering, $2.1 million for her future expenses, and $12 million for her future non-economic damages.
The girl may bear the life-long effects of the accident but the compensation should somehow help her cope with her ordeal.