Two Motorcyclists Hit By Careless 18-Wheeler Driver
(Corpus Christi, TX) – A Nueces County jury has entered a $25 million judgment for a man and a woman who were both injured when an 18-wheeler failed to negotiate a curve properly and allowed a portion of its trailer to move into the oncoming lane, striking the motorcycle the couple was riding.
Theresa Gamez suffered traumatic brain and other injuries in the crash March 2, 2013, on Highway 188, a narrow, undeveloped road in San Patricio County in Texas. The award was against Dillon Transport, Inc., which owned the rig, and Kenneth Jennings, the driver.
“This was very much a case about a trucking company’s failure to ensure their drivers were using safe routes,” said attorney Billy Edwards. Edwards and Angie Beltran, both partners in the Edwards Law Firm of Corpus Christi, represented Ms. Gamez. “Because the driver took an unsafe short-cut, two people lost what had been bright, productive futures, and are now permanently disabled.”
Gamez, an insurance agent, and a friend were on their way to lunch after spending the morning riding with other motorcyclists, when the crash occurred. Gamez suffered numerous injuries, including brain trauma.