Jurors award $1.3 million to Vancouver man injured in crash

Multonomah County jurors awarded $1.3 million Thursday to a Vancouver man who suffered injuries in a crash with a commercial truck in 2011.

Robert Campbell, a 45-year-old Canadian man, was injured in an auto accident in Oregon on April 8, 2011 when he was driving eastbound approaching an intersection. Robert Scarbrough, driving westbound in a 24-foot commercial box truck toward Campbell, turned left at a flashing yellow traffic light, failing to yield, and hit Campbell’s vehicle.

Campbell broke his left leg, fractured his left knee, strained his neck and sprained a shoulder. His knee injury was the most serious and will require knee replacement surgery.  Campbell still limps from breaking his leg in multiple places and still walks with the assistance of a cane.

At the time of the crash, Campbell worked as a field superintendent for Skanska Construction. Skanska has provided Campbell with accommodations.

The lawsuit against Sumners Group Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based company doing business as Rexel Taylor wholesale electrical supply in Oregon, sought nearly $2.8 million in damages, according to court records.

After a three day trial, the jury awarded Campbell $300,000 for economic damages, including past and future medical expenses and job re-training and $1,000,000 for non-economic damages.

Many accidents involving commercial vehicles and tractor-trailers are fatal. In this case, the jurors concluded that Campbell had the right of way when he entered the intersection.

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