Robbie

Robbie was on his way home from work to have supper with his wife and two children. Along the highway he had driven every day for years he spotted something that caught his attention. He turned into an approach, signaling his left turn. Behind him, a semi pulling a tractor and pup traveling at an excessive speed moved into the left-hand lane at about the same time Robbie was turning. The impact struck Robbie's pickup with such force that it killed him instantly. The semitruck driver suffered a minor injury to his wrist and his vehicle sustained modest damage. But then the truck driver sued Robbie's estate and sought damages for his injured wrist and his damaged truck.

Robbie's widow called Barker Wilson, and they hired a team of engineers to conduct a line of sight and stopping distance analysis. Robbie's widow learned that the truck driver would have been able to see Robbie and his pickup from three-quarters of a mile before the impact point and that the truck driver had more than enough time to avoid the collision. Robbie's widow also learned that the truck driver had continued to drive at maximum speed and merely changed lanes so he would not have to be slowed down. A computer animation dramatically depicted that Robbie was plainly visible and that if the truck driver had simply taken his foot off the gas pedal, the collision would have been easily avoided. When the truck driver's liability became clear, he tried to accuse Robbie of not turning on his turn signal before beginning his turn. Anticipating such a defense, the engineering team selected by Barker Wilson had already performed the necessary laboratory analysis of the filaments of the turn signal to demonstrate that, without question, Robbie's turn signal was on at the moment of the collision.

Rather than collecting money from Robbie's estate, the insurance company representing the truck driver paid Robbie's widow and their two minor children a sufficient amount of money that the company insisted it be kept confidential.