Jury Awards $1.3 Million in Ramblin' Wreck Suit
A jury awarded $1.3 million to a student from Georgia Tech University who suffered a head injury that left him deaf in one ear and cost him his senses of smell and taste after he fell off the Ramblin' Wreck, the antique car that serves as the university’s football mascot.
Plaintiff Nicholas Brown was initially granted $2 million in compensation by a Georgia jury but the amount was decreased by 32 percent after Brown’s own liability in the accident was factored in, according to the Daily Report.
The remaining $1.36 million in damages was split between the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, for alleged negligence in encouraging the risky use of a vehicle by students on public roads, and Eco-Clean Inc., which allegedly failed to firmly fix the handle or "grab rail” of the customized 1930 Ford A-Model Sport Coupe, writes the Daily Report.
Brown was sent tumbling onto the concrete when the handle broke as he rode on the car’s running board in 2009.