September 24, 2004
David Strite successfully defended a Louisville man from charges of auto negligence after he suddenly stopped in an intersection, causing a chain reaction crash. After the pile-up, the Plaintiff, who was in the third car of a total of six, suffered radiating neck pain and sought more than $700,000 in damages. The defense argued that (1) the Plaintiff’s simple neck strain should have healed quickly, so any ongoing pain was caused by degenerative conditions and (2) since the man was one car removed from the Plaintiff, it was not his fault that the cars behind him didn’t stop. The Jefferson County jury saw eye to eye on the liability issue with the defense and awarded the Plaintiff no damages.