Jury Returns Largest Verdict in Conecuh County History

by: Prince, Glover & Hayes Thursday, October 23rd, 2008


A Conecuh County jury returned the largest verdict in the county’s history in a trial involving an automobile collision between a commercial tractor-trailer and a passenger car. On September 25, the jury awarded a wrongful death verdict of $1,000,000 against Rowell Trucking of Geneva County, Greatwide Dedicated Transport of Texas, and the driver of the 18-wheeler, Thomas Rowell of Geneva County. Bob Prince and Matt Glover of the Tuscaloosa firm Prince Glover Law served as lead counsel during the four-day trial along with John F. Jones, Jr. and Stacy B, Brooks of the Andalusia firm Jones & Jones and Chris King of the Monroeville firm Weaver & King.  The case involved a career truck driver who was driving his fully loaded tractor-trailer at nearly 30 miles over the advisory speed limit at the intersection of Highway 84 and County Road 15.  The deceased is the late Mr. Joseph Watkins of Castleberry who was 79 years old at the time of his death.  Bob Prince praised the jury for its hard work in rendering a fair and impartial verdict Prince said, “This jury really worked hard on the case. They paid close attention to the evidence and came back with a verdict that sends a loud and clear message to the trucking corporations of this country about how their drivers should safely operate on our roadways.” Co-lead counsel Matt Glover stated, “The jury just couldn’t believe that a large company would attempt to hide and cover-up evidence concerning this tragedy. We always believed that the good folks of Conecuh County would see through the companies’ schemes.” Prince added, “I think folks want the roads they travel to be safe, and we just took a step in that direction with this verdict.” Prince and Glover said the Courthouse staff – especially Judge Dawn Hare, Judicial Assistant Cynthia Johnson, Sheriff Edwin Booker, Sheriff’s Deputy Tyrone Boykin, Circuit Clerk David Jackson, Assistant Circuit Clerk Michelle Black and Court Reporter Regina Harden – run a tight ship with which all the citizens of Conecuh County can be proud.

About the law firms involved

Headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Prince Glover Law is a statewide law firm focusing on catastrophic personal injury cases where consumers have been injured or wronged and need help seeking justice against large, negligent corporations. The firm’s number is 800-536-1105 and its website is www.princelaw.net

John Jones, Jr. and Stacy B. Brooks of Jones & Jones in Andalusia handle a wide area of cases ranging from personal injury to wrongful death to the general practice of law. John Jones, Jr. also serves as the Municipal Judge for the City of Florala. The firm’s number is (334) 222-3161.

Chris King of Weaver & King in Monroeville also has general practice, focusing on personal injury and workers’ compensation. His number is (251) 575-3434.


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