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$51 million in New Orleans East 18-wheeler accident

A jury returned a $51.5 million judgment Tuesday, April 12, in a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who was severely injured by a tractor-trailer truck in New Orleans East. Connie Jones Marable received what is thought “to be the largest jury award ever made” to a single plaintiff in Judge Piper Griffin’s division of Orleans Parish Civil District Court, said Erin Bruce Saucier, one of her attorneys.

Marable was injured in 2012 in a Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot after her husband’s 2007 Freightliner truck moved despite having its emergency brake on, according to the suit (Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC).  The truck pinned her under its wheels and dragged her for some time, leaving her with “crushing physical injuries and a severe brain injury,” Saucier said. She has been in a “minimally conscious state under 24-7 nursing care”. 

The attorneys said the jury found Daimler Trucks to be 90 percent at fault in the accident. Saucier said it was most likely due to the truck’s lack of safety features, which he said includes a deficient parking brake system. 

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