$1.2 million awarded in wreck
Truck crash was in 2008
Cranberry Eagle
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October 24, 2012

PITTSBURGH — A federal jury on Friday awarded $1.2 million to a Maryland truck driver injured in a Cranberry Township accident four years ago.

Peter Keifer of Cumberland, Md., was driving his tractor-trailer on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Cranberry on the night of April 23, 2008, when he slammed into the overturned trailer of another rig that had been in an accident with yet another tractor-trailer.

“There was no reflector, and Mr. Keifer plowed into the overturned trailer,” said Keifer’s attorney, Wayne Schaible of McCann, Schaible and Wall in Philadelphia.

Keifer, then 60, had to be cut from the vehicle, and was taken by helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital. Keifer had initial surgery to stop his bleeding as well as subsequent brain and leg surgery.

The award will be paid by the two tractor-trailer companies involved in the initial accident, Werner Enterprises and Reinhart Food services, and their drivers.

The verdict includes $285,000 to be paid to Keifer’s employer, YRC Trucking of Maryland, to reimburse the company for worker’s compensation and $261,000 in medical bills it paid as a result of the accident.

Schaible said because the accident occurred in Pennsylvania, Keifer’s wife, Ruth, also was named in the award because she claimed loss of consortium with her husband because of the accident and resulting injuries to her husband.

Also, Pennsylvania allows the payment of pre-judgment interest, meaning Keifer will be paid an additional 8.5 percent to cover the interest on the award that would have been accrued since 2008.

Schaible said YRC Trucking also will receive additional funds for damage to the truck Keifer was driving.

Although Keifer returned to work seven weeks after brain surgery, he has since retired, Schaible said.