Multi-Million Dollar Trucking Death Recovery


Finch McCranie partner Steven R. Wisebram recently recovered $3.45 million for the surviving family of a 67-year-old man who died from injuries suffered in tractor-trailer collision.  The fatal wreck occurred in a construction project on NB I-85 in Coweta County, Georgia.  At the time of the multi-vehicle collision, it was raining heavily and water was pooling on the travel lanes.

Suit was originally filed against the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and McCarthy Improvement Company (GDOT’s construction contractor) for improper maintenance of roadway drainage, and against the truck driver and FFE Transportation Services, Inc. (the trucking company) for driving too fast, following too close and not keeping a proper lookout.

Shortly before trial, GDOT and McCarthy settled for $1.75 million.  The trucking defendants never made an offer before trial, apparently looking to apportion fault onto the settling defendants and other nonparties.  In addition, the trucking defendants brought in national counsel from Dallas, Texas to try the case.

After 3 days of hard-fought trial, and after presentation of the  Plaintiff’s case, the trucking Defendants made their first offer,  eventually resulting in a $1.7 million dollar settlement by the trucking defendants. 
The $3.45 million recovery is especially satisfying in light of the fact that the Plaintiff’s decedent was not only in his late sixties, but was retired with a number of serious health conditions (morbid obesity, diabetes, and severe cardiac and respiratory issues).

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About Steve Wisebram

At Finch McCranie, LLP, Steven R. Wisebram focuses his practice of law on serious personal injury cases and business litigation. Over the last 35 years, he has amassed significant civil and criminal trial experience during his career, which provides his clients a distinct advantage in both the courtroom and in negotiations. Beginning in 2005, Mr. Wisebram has been selected to Georgia’s Super Lawyers list.

Before becoming a partner with Finch McCranie, LLP, Mr. Wisebram served in several attorney positions with the federal government. He began his legal career in 1977 as legal counsel to a Congressional Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. In 1980 he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia for almost seven years. For the last three years of that position, he also served on the United States Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Mr. Wisebram is licensed in the District of Columbia and the state of Georgia. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit.

He is a graduate of Harvard University and Emory Law School.