The Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed a judgment awarding $1,360,000 to a Georgia Tech student injured while he was riding on the sideboard of the Georgia Tech mascot car known as the Ramblin Reck. The student was injured when the inside handle he was holding as he was riding on the outside running board of the car separated from the car and caused him to lose his balance and fall from the running board unto the ground. The student was found severely injured on the ground with the inside handle still in his hand. The handle had allegedly been anchored to the vehicle with wood screws one half to three quarters of an inch long that were not sufficient for the use of the vehicle. The amount of the judgment that the student was awarded that was attributable to the defendants fault in the case was $1,360,000. The original judgment of $2,000,00 was reduced by the percentage of fault that the jury attributed to the student, which was 32%. This case illustrates the need to go over the facts of yours or a family member’s case with a lawyer when an incident results in severe injuries that should not have occurred and that may have been partially yours or your family members fault. Please contact Rumsey & Ramsey at (770) 394-9400 to discuss your case with a lawyer.