Post Date: October 16th, 2008
At the end of September, a jury awarded a $1.5 million to Ronny Martinez and Kenneth O’Neal. The two were injured in 2006 when they were riding in a car that was struck by a semi-truck.
The men filed suit against both the truck driver and the trucking company, Celadon Trucking Services. The truck driver was sued for his own negligence, while the trucking company was sued for the negligence of its driver, as well as being negligent in their decision to hire the driver in the first place. Ultimately, the jury found against both the truck driver and the trucking company. They also attributed some fault to Martinez, who was driving at the time. In their verdict, they awarded $750,000.00 for medical bills, and an additional $750,000.00 for personal injuries.
In semi-truck accident cases, it is necessary to investigate both whether the trucking company was negligent in their hiring practices as well as their training practices. There is no doubt there are a lot of unsafe drivers on the road. However, a lot of these collisions can be avoided by not putting them behind the wheel of a tractor trailer to begin with.
When you are searching for a truck accident attorney, this is why it is so important to hire a lawyer who specializes in nothing but injury law. They have to be familiar with pracices of trucking companies as well as the Department of Transportation’s federal regulations.
If you are searching for a truck accident lawyer, feel free to contact injury attorney Josh Myers. We specialize in injury law and handle truck accident cases from all across the country. It is always free to discuss your case.
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