STATE COURT OF BIBB COUNTY
CIVIL JURY VERDICT REPORT
PLAINTIFF: Angela Hasty, Individually and as Administrator of the Estate of Alan Hasty
DEFENDANTS: Hollice Jackson and Weidner Logging, Inc.
CASE NUMBER: 51669
JUDGE: William P. Adams
TYPE OF CASE: Motorcycle/Log Truck - September 15, 2000
TRIAL DATE: August 16-18, 2004
CLAIMED MEDICAL EXPENSES: $94,906.96
FUNERAL EXPENSES: $7,886.10
CLAIMED ECONOMIC DAMAGES: $1,026,380.00
INSURANCE CARRIER(S): Capital City Insurance Company
LAST PRETRIAL OFFER/DEMAND: $0/$1,000,000
PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEYS: Marc T. Treadwell and Sam Hart, Jr.
DEFENDANTS' ATTORNEYS: William J. Rawls and Robert L. Hendricks
Alan Hasty was on his motorcycle in the left left turn lane on the exit ramp from I-16 to Spring Street. Hollice Jackson was in the right left turn lane driving a log truck. The truck entered the intersection on a green light which turned yellow before the truck cleared the intersection. As Mr. Hasty approached the bottom of the ramp, he put his motorcycle into a skid and ended up being thrown from the motorcycle into the left rear tires of the log truck. He suffered crush injuries which resulted in his death later in the day. Plaintiff contended the log truck came into Mr. Hasty's lane where the motorcycle actually had a collision with the left rear tires of the truck causing the motorcycle to go back to the left. Plaintiff's case relied heavily on the expert testimony of an accident reconstructionist, Herman Hill, who used the physical evidence from the scene, including the skid mark, other marks on the pavement, and the position of the truck after it came to a stop. Mr. Hill concluded the truck was in Mr. Hasty's lane when the collision occurred and that the truck driver was negligent. Three eye witnesses testified there was no contact between the motorcycle and the truck and that the truck did not leave its lane. The defense also called their expert, Mr. David Brown, whose conclusion was that Mr. Hasty lost control of his motorcycle and high-sided. He testified there was no contact between the motorcycle and the truck and that the truck driver was not negligent. Plaintiff called a total of 15 witnesses, including police officers, a traffic engineer, Defendant Jackson for cross examination, a surgeon, and several family members and friends. Defendants called the three eye witnesses and a police officer. Each side presented an economist. Mr. Hasty was 33 years old at the time of his death. At one time, he had been addicted to drugs and spent some time in prison. He had gone through rehabilitation and had turned his life around prior to his death.