Man paralyzed during crash involving Gainesville Regional Utilities truck awarded $120 Million

Updated: May. 7, 2021 at 3:39 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - An Alachua County jury has decided that a man permanently injured in a crash with a GRU truck should be awarded $120,000,000 in recompense.

Jacob Rodgers, 25, was paralyzed in a car crash in 2015 after a GRU truck ran a stop sign at the intersection of 115th Terrace and NW 39th Avenue, hitting Rodgers’ car.

The jury verdict came down on May 6, 2021, after several years of litigation by Rodger’s attorneys with the Morgan & Morgan law firm, Brian McClain, Jeff Humphries and Brian Lee.

GRU officials do no expect to pay out the full amount. The city of Gainesville put out this statement: The City maintains funds in reserve, apart from operational assets, through which settlements and judgments can be disbursed. FLA. STAT. §768.28 sets limits of liability for the state, its agencies, and subdivisions at $200,000.

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