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Largest Truck Accident Settlement In U.S. History Awarded By Texas Jury

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Truck Accident Lawyers Building Strong Cases For Injured Victims

The largest truck settlement in U.S. history, worth $101 million, was awarded in a Texas courtroom in July 2018. A driver for FTS International, an oil company that carries sand and other materials necessary to frack a well, collided with a driver in a full-size pickup in 2013.

The driver of the full-size vehicle survived the crash, but underwent back surgery and had to receive chiropractic care amongst other medical treatments as a result of the accident.

Although FTS has strict policies in place, they failed to ensure these policies were being correctly implemented and obeyed. For example, one of their policies states that any driver that has three or more violations within a 36-month time period will not be employed by FTS.

If FTS would have followed their own company policy, the driver would have never been employed in the first place. The semi-driver involved in the accident had been tested months before with clean results. But the driver admitted to being a user of marijuana and methamphetamine. When he was tested after the accident, the results were positive for both drugs.

Attorney Hull, who represented the victim, was asked why such a large amount was awarded for the injury case. Some of his responses included:

“Never had such egregious liability.”

“This company totally disregarded their policies.”

“They had so many chances to pull him off the road and they never did.”

FTS failed to follow through with their own policies and, as a result, an innocent man suffered injuries that could have been prevented had their policies been executed.  

According to Freight Waves, “Of the $101 million, Hull said about $75 million were punitive damages against FTS.”

Trucking companies should be held liable for their negligent actions. If you or someone you love has been a victim of a crash, you need an experienced truck accident lawyer from Tormey & McConnell.

Top Causes of Semi-Trailer Accidents

It’s not uncommon to see semi-trailers on intersections and highways. Semi-trailers are a vital part of our economy, because they can deliver heavy loads of material across the United States. Although they are vitally important to our growing economy, they can also be dangerous to other drivers if their operators disregard safety procedures.

Some of the most common causes of 18- wheeler accidents are:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Substance abuse
  • Speeding
  • Unsafe passing
  • Blind spots
  • Jackknifing  
  • Tire blowout
  • Equipment failure

Although these are some of the most common causes of 18-wheeler accidents, there are countless other reasons semi-trailers crash. No one should suffer from the negligent actions of a tractor-trailer driver. If you have been injured because of a truck driver’s recklessness, you deserve to receive compensation for your injuries and any damages.

Truck Accidents Vs. Car Accidents

Freight vehicles can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds while the average motor vehicle is 5,000 pounds. The large weight and size of commercial vehicles compared to the average automobile can cause life-altering damage to those involved in an accident with a semi. In some cases, these accidents can result in wrongful death. Listed below are the distinct differences between regular car accidents and those involving large fleet vehicles.

  • Serious injuries-  Injuries are common in auto accidents, but the severity of injuries tends to be much greater in semi-trailer collisions.
  • Greater property damage- As mentioned above, the immense weight and size of tractor-trailers can cause more damage to smaller vehicles.  
  • Higher medical bills- Because injuries are typically more severe in accidents involving commercial trucks, medical bills can be much higher than in regular auto accidents. These injuries can vary and may even require months of treatment.

We handle injury cases with extreme attention to detail and evaluate every aspect of your case. Our truck accident lawyers know how to build a strong case. If necessary, we will try your case in court to fight for the settlement you rightfully deserve.

Potential Damages Awarded

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The amount of compensation awarded is calculated by the injuries and damages that resulted from the accident.

  • Medical expenses- This can include hospital care, emergency visits, and surgeries.  
  • Lost wages- Time away from work can be calculated into compensation.
  • Pain and suffering- Current and future pain and suffering are taken into consideration.
  • Loss of earning capacity- If you’re injured and unable to work due to your injuries, compensation may be awarded.
  • Loss of consortium- Compensation can be awarded to the parents, spouse, or children of a deceased victim.

There are multiple variables taken into consideration when calculating a compensation amount in a personal injury case. We are aware that insurance companies and 18-wheeler corporations may try to offer the lowest settlement possible for your injuries. Our team will make it a priority to fight for the maximum amount you need to cover the damages that resulted from someone else’s negligent actions.

Contact A Firm Worth Trusting

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Trucking companies, like FTS, that fail to ensure their policies are obeyed should be held liable for the injuries caused by negligent drivers. At Tormey & McConnell, we are genuinely concerned for our clients, which is why we will do everything we can to help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We have dedicated our firm to representing injured victims. With over 50 years of combined experience, we are a firm you can trust to handle your case.

Call our Texas law firm today at (806) 355-2700 or fill out our free case review form.

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