Earlier this month, a Georgia jury awarded a Louisiana woman $15 million in a truck accident lawsuit. According to a local news source reporting on the recently resolved case, the accident occurred back in April 2015 on a Georgia highway. Evidently, a car full of six nursing students on their way to a hospital rotation in Savannah was stopped in a long line of traffic when a semi-truck came from behind, slamming into them.
The truck was traveling at approximately 70 miles per hour and did not apply the brakes at all in the moments leading up to the crash. Five of the six people inside the car were killed. The families of the five deceased students filed wrongful death lawsuits against the driver of the truck as well as the trucking company that employed him. These lawsuits have all been settled out of court. However, the trucking company was unable to reach a settlement with the lone survivor, and that case went to trial.
At trial, the jury heard that the woman sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of the crash and suffers from ongoing anxiety. Her roommate told jurors that the woman “is scared to sleep alone because her dreams are so scary and she wakes up in a puddle of sweat” and that she is afraid to be alone.
Truck Accident Cases in the Maryland Area
Semi-trucks have the potential to inflict major damage, and as a result lawmakers require that those who operate these large vehicles obtain specialized training and comply with additional rules and regulations. For example, truck drivers must get a certain amount of rest per day, as well as between long trips, in order to stay alert while on the road. A driver’s failure to comply with the rest requirement, or any other law or regulation, may be the basis for liability following a serious truck accident.
Accidents like the one discussed above don’t happen when drivers take adequate precautions. Truck drivers routinely bend rules in favor of staying on the road longer and arriving at their destination more quickly. However, when someone is injured as a result of a truck driver’s negligent conduct, the truck driver and his employer can be held liable for any injuries caused as a result.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The skilled personal injury attorneys at the Maryland-based law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have decades of experience representing clients in all types of personal injury cases, including truck accident cases. We understand that the recovery process involves more than just the healing of physical wounds, and we take every precaution to ensure that the process is as painless as possible for our clients. Call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Mass Transit Accidents in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. Areas, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published January 18, 2017.
Court Reversed Default Judgment Against Allegedly Negligent Truck Driver, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published February 3, 2017.