According to a story in the Witchita Eagle, a jury rendered a $23.5 million verdict against Swift Transportation and their driver, Robyn Getchel, who tested positive for methamphetamine while driving the Swift truck.  The injured victim, Terry Frederick, suffered a severe spinal cord injury and had around $5 million in medical bills, and was also awarded damages for future medicals, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  The judge reduced the actual award to $15.3 million to account for the fault of another driver involved in the accident. 

This verdict was not the largest rendered against Swift.  In 2007 a jury in Arizona awarded the family of a man killed in a collision with a Swift 18 wheeler $36.5 million.

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