Jury awards $3.2 million to widow of man killed in highway accident

A man was killed when his car was struck by a 123 lb cylindrical metal pin that fell from a large piece of mining equipment that was being transported by trailer. According to the resulting lawsuit, the pin was not properly secured to the trailer, causing it to fall off the trailer and enter oncoming traffic where it struck and killed Shawn Collingwood. The lawsuit ended in a jury verdict of $3.2 for the plaintiff. Cases involving loose cargo or other objects falling from a vehicle and entering oncoming traffic, while relatively unusual, can cause very serious injuries due to the high relative speed of the projectile and the oncoming driver. Technology Associates has investigated many such cases to determine the root cause.

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