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Roberts v. Pilot Freight Carriers, Inc.
North Carolina Supreme Court
273 N.C. 600 (1968)
The defendant’s employee was driving a tractor-trailer and caused a collision with the plaintiff’s employee. The collision damaged the plaintiff’s dump truck. The plaintiff sued the defendant, seeking damages for the damage to the dump truck. According to the evidence, the dump truck could have been repaired for about $1,000. The repairs would have taken no more than three to four weeks. The plaintiff also submitted evidence showing that the value of the dump truck was reduced from $2,500 to $1,000 after the accident. The plaintiff also testified that the truck had not been repaired before trial and that he hauled one-third less gravel each day because of the damage to the truck. The jury awarded the plaintiff $1,500 for damages to the truck and $1,200 as damages for the loss of use of the truck. The defendant appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Sharp, J.)
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