Garbage Man Recovers $1.57M in Collision with Semi Posted on October 17, 2014 by Sally Nyemba Neither the trucker who caused the accident, nor his supervisor, called police. A garbage truck driver recovered $1.575 million after suffering severe injuries from colliding head-on into an unsecured truck trailer that blocked the highway. Richard Scott, 48, was the sole breadwinner for his family and an influential resident of the rural community of Hampshire, Illinois, a subdivision located about 90 minutes outside of Chicago. As he began his usual morning route, working as a garbage man for Veolia Waste Management, he proceeded on to Route 72. Approximately 50 minutes earlier, Paul Frank, a tractor driver for Midwest Forestrees LLC, was driving on the highway when his trailer uncoupled and caused a blockage in the middle of an intersection. No one calls 911 Frank failed to set warning triangles and failed to call 911, as required by federal law. Instead, he called his supervisor Rob Addis, who then called a tow company — but neither called the police. Abbis drove to the scene and parked his Hummer truck with his headlights facing oncoming traffic. Due to the glare from the lights, Scott was not able to see the trailer and he crashed into it, even though he tried to swerve at the last second. Scott suffered injuries that included multiple fractures on his left leg, eight broken ribs, and mental anguish. Not only did this accident disable Scott from being able to work, but his former employer Veolia also failed to properly apply his workers compensation during his down time. The case is Richard Scott & E. Kim Scott, Plaintiffs, v. Midwest Forestree, Inc., and Paul Frank, Defendants/Third-party Plaintiffs, v. Veolia ES Solid Waste Midwest, Third-party Defendant.