Court Asked to Reopen 10M Case Over Fatal Turnpike Crash

By Greg Kohn

Nagel Rice Asks Court to Reopen 10M Case Over Fatal Turnpike Crash

Nagel Rice filed a motion to reopen a fatal turnpike accident case because one of the defendants, Trinity Highway Industries, who manufactured the guardrail, got the New Jersey suit dismissed based on the allegedly fraudulent concealment of information concerning the design and safety of its products.

Recently, Trinity Highway Industries was hit with a $175 million whistleblower verdict in Texas last fall over allegedly defective guardrails.  There, the jury found that the Dallas-based company defrauded the U.S. government, in violation of the False Claims Act, by failing to inform the Federal Highway Administration of changes it made to the guardrails in 2005, according to court papers and media reports. The plaintiffs claimed those changes involved narrowing the end caps, which allegedly increased the possibility that the rails would impale vehicles that hit them, along with their occupants.  Trinity has denied any wrongdoing in the Texas case.

The New Jersey case, Sweeney v. Air Brook Limousine, was brought by the family of Patrick Sweeney, a 34-year-old computer salesman from Pearl River, New York. For more about the prior case:  Click Here.

For NJ Law Journal’s Coverage: Click Here.

The attorneys at Nagel Rice, LLP represent clients throughout New York and New Jersey in a wide range of matters including personal injury, automobile accidents, brain injuries, medical malpractice, business litigation and class action cases.

About the Author
Greg Kohn is a partner at Nagel Rice and specializes in complex civil litigation cases, including professional malpractice, personal injury, class actions, wrongful death, products liability, and commercial litigation.  He has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal court. Greg has tried many jury trials to verdict and has recovered over $50 million in settlements and verdicts in all types of personal injury matters including automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, slip and falls, and other catastrophic injury cases. Greg also handles medical malpractice cases, involving misdiagnoses, wrongful birth, and delayed cancer diagnosis. If you have questions regarding this article, you can contact Greg here.