Predicting “sympathy” is difficult. It depends on both you and the jurors sitting at the trial of your lawsuit.
The most sympathetic people tend to be those who don’t expect or ask for sympathy; they’re people with dignity, trying to get through a very difficult time with as much strength and honesty as there can be. So the most important factor in this equation is not the trucker or the trucking company, but you.
But I believe most jurors are more likely to sympathize with the person who was hit by a truck than either the trucker or the trucking company.
Think about it. Do you like trucks? Trucks get in your way. You can’t see over or around them, and you can’t go through them.
They’re big and slow, at least in everyday traffic. When I say “truck”, you probably don’t think of hardworking drivers, or the good job they do of moving oranges from Florida to Cincinnati. You think “frustration.”
Second, a truck is almost always part of a business – and the driver works for that business. When you sue a truck driver for the cement company, you also sue the cement company.
Even the most conservative jurors are more likely to sign a big award against the cement company.
So for most jurors, their decision in a trucking case isn’t just a matter of “what a reasonable damage award is”; part of the question is how bad they don’t like trucks.
This isn’t a debate about trucks; we need them, and they get things from one place to another better and cheaper than any other kind of transportation. My Dad managed trucking for the company he worked for for years.
But my job is to work within the law to get money – fairly – for my client.
I have been a lawyer over 30 years. People think differently about truck cases, and a lawyer’s job is to be ready for that. If you’ve been hurt by a truck, talk with an experienced Cincinnati Truck Accident Lawyer about the case. Call me, William Strubbe, at 513-621-4775.
Because all situations are different, and because there may be other facts pertaining to your case that I don’t know about, you should not rely on this answer for legal advice. I am not your attorney, and no lawyer client relationship has been formed.