Heavy truck rear-enders are common, especially where traffic slows down suddenly during rush hours or the number of lanes is reduced during construction jobs.

In this case, statements and skid mark calculations showed that the truck was speeding; the truck was also overloaded; the driver was at the end of a long shift. When the driver encountered a line of cars slowing for construction, he reacted when it was too late and plowed into the car in front of him, pushing it into several others. The first car burst into flames. Three people died.

The driver said he'd been cut off by a phantom car, so we used witness statements and DOT drawings of a mile of roadway to recreate his perspective as he approached the crash site. The case settled quite favorably soon after our opinions and the justification for them was provided to the other side.