Trucking Litigation Cases
Trucking Death – Confidential Settlement in Calhoun County, Alabama
Jeff Rickard and Rip Andrews represented the family of a 34-year-old woman who died when the car she was riding in was struck by a commercial tractor-trailer rig. The wreck happened at a major intersection in Calhoun County. The driver of the tractor trailer rig failed to stop and struck our client’s car in the middle of the intersection on the driver’s side. The driver claimed an air leak in the line to the trailer brakes caused the brakes to overheat. Jeff and Rip developed expert testimony disproving that claim and proved the driver of the tractor trailer made serious driving errors that caused the wreck including “cooking” the rig’s brakes making them useless by the time the truck reached the intersection.
Trucking Death – Confidential Settlement In Lowndes County, Alabama
Roger Lucas and David Marsh settled a case on behalf of the family of a woman who was killed in a collision with a log truck in Lowndes County. The wreck happened on a dark stretch of a rural two-lane highway; our 41-year-old client was traveling 83 mph in a 55 mph zone in an effort to get to work. The top of her sedan was sheared off when it went under the trailer of the log truck. The log truck was blocking her lane of travel because the driver of the log truck was illegally backing it on the highway into a side driveway. The log trailer had only one working side lamp and its reflective tape was worn and very dirty.
Roger and David argued that no matter how fast our client was traveling, our client could not possibly see the trailer across the roadway and in the darkness, struck the trailer. She left behind a husband and two teenage sons.
Trucking Case – Confidential Settlement In Calhoun County, Alabama
Jeff Rickard and David Marsh settled a case on behalf of a young mother of two small children who was seriously injured when an 18-wheeler crashed into her automobile from behind knocking her across the median and into oncoming eastbound I-20 traffic. She was then struck head-on by another tractor-trailer.
The case focused on Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules and regulations, including provisions on driver disqualification. As a result of the wreck, our client suffered a spinal cord injury and a traumatic brain injury. She is now a paraplegic and will be confined to a wheelchair the rest of her life. The settlement took into account the fact that her husband is now her primary caregiver.
Trucking Case – $29 Million Verdict In Shelby County, Alabama
A Shelby County jury took a stand against errant trucking companies when it returned a verdict in the amount of $29 million for a Columbiana woman who lost her husband in a truck wreck. The wrongful death case stemmed from a wreck on Alabama Highway 70 on June 14, 2002, in which Timothy Robbins Sr. was killed. Robbins’ pickup truck was struck head-on in his lane of travel by a dump truck driven by defendant Danny Hendrix and owned by Hendrix’s employer, Hardway Hauling and Contracting, Inc. According to David Marsh, who tried the case, the evidence was that the wreck was caused by a combination of driver inattention, speed, out-of repair brakes on the dump truck and driving under the influence of methamphetamine.
These recoveries and testimonials are not an indication of future results. Every case is different, and regardless of what friends, family or other individuals may say about what a case is worth, each case must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances as they apply to the law. The valuation of a case depends on the facts, the injuries, the jurisdiction, the venue, the witnesses, the parties, and the testimony, among other factors. Furthermore, no representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.