$3.5 Million Settlement in Cross-over Accident involving Tractor-Trailer.


In April 2006 a settlement was reached in two wrongful death claims filed by the survivors of James Wrotny and James McClard who were killed in an accident which occurred on Interstate 44 in Greene County near Springfield, Missouri. A pick-up truck operated by Randall Conner, which was traveling westbound, apparently entered the lane of a tractor-trailer operated by Dwight Troyer, who was also traveling westbound. Troyer’s tractor-trailer stuck Conner’s pick-up in the rear causing both drivers to lose control and cross-over into the eastbound lanes striking the plaintiffs’ vehicle. Both wrongful death claims were settled by all of the defendants for a total of $3.5 million. Missouri Lawyers Weekly reports this case as one of the top 5 settlements for 2006.