Sliding on a Wet Road

Following a multi-car accident, the plaintiff sued our client for personal injuries.  Plaintiff alleged the accident caused a multitude of injuries and claimed nearly $48,000.00 in special damages.

At trial, the only evidence as to how the accident occurred came from the responding Trooper and the defendant ;  the plaintiff stated she did not know how the accident happened.  The Trooper stated that it was not raining at the time of the accident, but he confirmed that it had rained earlier that day and that the roads were still wet.  He cited the defendant for Following Too Close.  The defendant stated that he was taking the exit ramp and that he was applying his brakes and slowing down the entire time.  When he got close to the vehicles at the end of the ramp, he applied more pressure to his brakes to come to a stop, but instead of slowing his vehicle began to slide.  He tried to swerve to avoid a collision, but his vehicle continued traveling straight and he crashed into the rear of the plaintiff’s vehicle pushing Plaintiff into the vehicle in front of her and that vehicle into another vehicle.  He confirmed that the roads were wet and that he had not previously had any braking or steering difficulty.  He stated that he prepaid the fine to avoid driving back to Virginia from his home in New England.

After deliberating for an hour, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant.