A Rockport man who was seriously injured in a motorcycle collision with a commercial vehicle towing a trailer in 2012 was awarded $155,000 by a panel of nine jurors Nov. 19 following a four-day trial.

Anthony L. Johnson filed a civil complaint in December 2013 against George C. Hall & Sons Inc. and the driver, James M. Hall, contending Hall operated the vehicle in a reckless and careless manner, making a left turn when it was not safe to do so, and coming into the path of Johnson, who was riding a motorcycle.

The actions caused a collision on New County Road in Rockland in July 2012, and left Johnson injured, with a fractured vertebra and damaged knee. He was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center for treatment and then transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center, although his injures were not considered life-threatening.

Johnson's attorney, James O'Connell, said his client still has pain in his back and knee as a result of the crash, but added Johnson had pain before the collision in those areas, which gave the case some complexity and made it a difficult decision for the jury.

O'Connell said his client did admit some responsibility for the crash, because he was speeding, but said even if his client had been going 35 miles per hour, the collision could not have been avoided. He said the jury saw that the accident was primarily due to Hall's action, but did reduce the damages awarded from $238,000 to $155,000 because of Johnson's role in the crash. O'Connell added it was raining at the time of the crash, impairing drivers' visibility.

O'Connell said Johnson isĀ  very pleased with the result, and the award will cover his medical bills. He also noted the jury's careful attention and hard work in the case, adding it is unusual for jurors to deliberate for so many hours in this type of case.

A call seeking comment from Hall's attorney, Jonathan Brogan, was not immediately returned.

Reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@villagesoup.com.