Settlement for $4 Million: NJDOT Worker Seriously Hurt when Hit by Oil Tanker
Plaintiff was driving with a Blinking yellow warning arrow as Advanced warning behind a pothole repair crew on Route 440 in Perth Amboy on Sept. 8, 2008. An Oil Tanker owned by Allied Oil in Hillsborough struck him from behind at more than 60 mph. The tanker burst into flames and the plaintiffs truck was propelled hundreds of feet ahead towards other fellow road crew employees. Witnesses said the Perth Amboy explosion was felt as far away as Woodbridge.
Attorney Leonardis says his client was a "Hero" and "saved the lives" of the road crew by steering his truck away from them after impact despite having Suffered a fractured skull, shoulder, teeth, back and a traumatic Brain injury.
Plaintiff now 54 continues to suffer from Memory loss, vertigo, insomnia, diminished sense of taste and smell. He has been declared " totally disabled" and has now retired on a disability pension.
The case was settled shortly before trial through Mediation with a retired Superior Court Judge.