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Cook County Jury Verdict In 2005 Taxi Accident

A Cook County jury has awarded nearly $26 million to a man and his wife with regard to a taxi accident that happened on Interstate 294 (I-294) in 2005.

The man, Marc M. Jacobs, a lawyer at the time of the accident, was injured in the Augst 31, 2005 crash when the taxi that he was a passenger in crashed into a concrete barrier after the taxi driver lost control of the cab.

An excerpt from the March 17, 2015 Daily Herald article titled “Jury gives millions to man who was injured in 2005 taxi crash“:

In August 2005, Jacobs was riding in a taxi back to his Hinsdale home. The taxi was speeding on I-294 as it exited at Ogden Avenue, the release said, and it ended up on a grass drainage area near the ramp and then zoomed 32 feet through the air and crashed into a concrete barrier.

According to the lawsuit, as a result of the accident Jacobs suffered severe brain damage and as such could not continue working.

Jacobs was 44 at the time of the accident.  In the Tuesday (March 17, 2015) jury verdict, Jacobs was awarded approximately $21.99 million and his wife approximately $3.96 million.

An excerpt from the March 18, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Jury awards $26 million to lawyer injured in 2005 taxi crash“:

Marc and Debbie Jacobs filed a lawsuit accusing the driver, Cornelus C. Ezeagu, of negligence. Their lawsuit also named the owner of the cab, Matthew Ezeagu, as well as Yellow Cab Affiliation, Inc., and other companies, but the verdict was against the driver and Yellow Cab only.

Jacobs suffered “injuries of a personal and pecuniary nature” and his wife suffered “loss of services, support, affection, society, companionship and consortium of her husband,” according to the complaint.

Additional details regarding this Cook County jury verdict can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald articles mentioned above.


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