Segal McCambridge’s Kathleen McDonough and Dan Alexander Obtain Motion for Summary Judgment in Trucking Case


November 25, 2014

Segal McCambridge Shareholder Kathleen McDonough (Chicago) and Associate Dan Alexander (Chicago) obtained summary judgment for their clients, O&I Transport and Rockford Studebaker in a transportation matter involving two semis and a vehicle driven by Plaintiff.   Cook County Judge O’Hara agreed that the SMSM defendants did not breach any duty to the plaintiff and were not the proximate cause of injury to Plaintiff.

In the case at hand, Defendant Jason Lowe was unable to stop his tractor-trailer, which rear-ended Studebaker’s tractor-trailer, which then impacted Plaintiff’s vehicle, causing injuries.  Studebaker testified that he came to a complete stop 10 feet from the Plaintiff’s vehicle, held down his brake, and turned his wheel slightly to avoid an accident. When he was rear-ended by defendant Lowe, there was nothing Studebaker could have done to prevent the accident because the shoulder was too narrow to the right and another car was stopped to his left.  The court found that, based on that evidence, the SMSM defendants were not the proximate cause of any injury to the Plaintiff and granted summary judgment for O&I and Studebaker.  Lowe remains a defendant in the case.  

Kathleen McDonough, Managing Shareholder, is a trial attorney who concentrates her practice in general liability matters including products liability, commercial litigation, class action, employment and transportation matters.  She regularly provides business consulting services to a variety of corporations and acts as defense counsel for corporations and municipal entities sued in consumer class action matters.

Dan Alexander focuses his work on a large variety of cases including products liability, warranty defense, service contract analysis, insurance disputes, and transportation litigation.