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$400,000 Recovery for a Pedestrian Hit by a Tow Truck

Chicago, Illinois

Attorneys Timothy M. Whiting and Michael J. Goldberg earned a $400,000 settlement for a man hit by a tow truck and killed while a pedestrian on the median strip on the roadway.

On March 1, 2003, the Plaintiff died when Defendant’s truck struck Plaintiff and ran over him while Plaintiff was crossing Manheim Road. The collision was witnessed by the Defendant driver and his passenger who both testified that Plaintiff threw himself in front of the truck. Police officers investigating the scene concluded that Plaintiff committed suicide by throwing himself in front of the truck based on those witness statements and based on Plaintiff giving up his wallet and keys (“worldly possessions”) to his friend minutes before crossing Manheim Road. Defendants argued that Plaintiff committed suicide.

Attorneys Timothy M. Whiting and Michael J. Goldberg argued that Defendant’s truck was too far over towards the median, striking Plaintiff in the head with its side tow mirror, causing Plaintiff to fall to the ground, getting run over by the rear wheels of the truck. Liability was hotly contested as it came down both sides’ reconstruction and biomechanical experts disagreeing about how the collision occurred.

Through hiring the top experts in the field of reconstruction and Attorney’s Timothy M. Whiting and Michael J. Goldberg’s relentless advocacy, the parties reached a settlement prior to trial.

The firm has also won numerous cases that were either settled or tried before a jury and resulted in millions of dollars in recovery for the firm’s clients over the past 15 years.