Family Devastated by Big Truck Crash Awarded $6.2 Million

A Texas family was traveling to Thanksgiving Day dinner when their vehicle was struck head-on by an 18-wheeler. The father and son were killed, and the daughter-in-law seriously and permanently injured. We secured a $6.2 million settlement for the family after showing evidence that the driver of the big rig was inadequately trained and sleep-deprived.

A Texas family received $6.2 million in a settlement after we proved the big rig driver involved in their crash was sleep-deprived and inadequately trained.

The 32-year-old and his father, 54, died as the result of a collision with an 18-wheeler trailer tractor rig while headed to a family Thanksgiving Day dinner. The son’s wife, 32, was seriously injured, as were three other persons involved in the multi-vehicle crash.

Our evidence showed the truck’s driver:

  • Had been a commercial driver less than two months
  • Had been driving 22 of the last 24 hours
  • Had misapplied a special truck brake, causing the truck to jackknife, leap the median and collide head-on with the family’s car.

The wife, so injured by the crash she had to relearn to walk, found out after her husband’s death that she was pregnant with their only child. She sued the company that owned the rig and employed the driver. The South Carolina-based company offered a settlement before trial. The $6.2 million was the amount actually received by the family after fees and expenses.

“This tragedy that, except for the need for one more trucking company to put one more inexperienced driver on the road with an unreasonable deadline, did not need to happen,” said Bill Edwards, lead attorney on the case.