On February 28, the driver of the tractor-trailer lost control, slid sideways across the icy Interstate, and hit a guardrail before coming to a stop with his trailer blocking every lane. Several minutes later, the driver of a Chevy Astro van slammed into the trailer of the semi. EMS pronounced him dead at the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.
Although investigators said icy roads were to blame for the collision, the family of the deceased filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the truck driver and his employer, O’Reilly Auto Parts, alleging that the driver of the semi was driving too fast for ice conditions, was on his phone at the time of the crash and failed to place reflective cones in front of the 18-wheeler.
During trial, the plaintiff’s attorney argued reflective tape on the trailer would have made it visible from 1,200 feet away. The driving record of the truck driver was also put under questioning. In the three years before the fatal crash, the trucker was in three accidents involving O'Reilly property and two roadway crashes. He also received two speeding tickets and a "How's My Driving?" complaint. "This was a case about corporate responsibility for not identifying unsafe drivers and taking them off the roadway," said the plaintiff’s attorney. "Known unsafe 18-wheeler drivers expose us all to unnecessary risk of serious injury and death." The jury awarded $37.9 million to the victim’s family, assigning 40 percent of the responsibility for man's death to the truck driver and 60 percent of the responsibility to O'Reilly Auto Parts.
Many victims often wonder who is to blame after such an incident. Families deserve to know whether they can recover damages for the loss of a loved one. An experienced auto accident attorney can help answer these questions and more. If the accident was caused by another driver's negligence, the victims may be entitled to compensation.
Trucking accidents cause thousands of catastrophic and devastating injuries and deaths each year, resulting in lawsuits which can often take an extended time to settle. Under such situations, victims may be faced with mounting medical bills, mortgage payments, household bills, or even worse – funeral expenses. The financial strain can not only seriously impacts one’s life, it can also impact the case. A financially desperate plaintiff is not in a favorable position regarding settlement negotiations and will often times settle for too little, too soon. But, what other choice does a cash-strapped plaintiff have?
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