Kimberly Patrick, Individually and as Guardian of the Estate and Person of Ariel Anderson, an incapacitated person v. Weaver-Bailey Contractors, Inc.
A Lonoke Jury awarded $17 million to a 23 year old Cabot woman left severely brain damaged after a collision in a construction zone. The jury’s verdict found Weaver-Bailey Contractors liable for not exercising reasonable care for the safety of travelers. Anderson was on her way home from work when she was struck by a dump truck pulling out of the construction zone near Jacksonville, Arkansas. The dump truck was attempting to merge into traffic. The case showed that highway construction zones can be very dangerous and that contractors should make reasonable efforts to secure the safety of the traveling public. Hopefully, we can take what we learned from this terrible incident to better ensure the safety of travelers.