A jury has awarded $11.4 million to a garbage truck driver who was injured when the wheel fell off his truck.
The San Francisco Chronicle says a federal jury in San Francisco made the award last Friday in a lawsuit filed by 46-year-old Raymond Mariolle. Part of the award goes to his wife.
Mariolle’s lawyers say he was left in severe pain from spinal injuries when a truck wheel hub broke and the wheel fell off in 2007, dropping the 55,000-pound vehicle to the ground.
His suit argued that the hub was defective. It named Volvo Truck, the company that designed the truck and the wheel hub manufacturer.
The companies argued that Mariolle had pre-existing back injuries.