Tractor Trailer Collision Leads to Record Settlememt
In one of the biggest personal injury settlements in Pennsylvania history, a family that suffered death and injuries after being rear-ended by a tractor trailer has received a $26.1 million settlement.
In 2010, the three Plaintiffs were driving on I-80 in Pennsylvania when they came upon stalled construction traffic. While Plaintiffs were stopped on the highway the Defendant tractor trailer driver failed to stop and slammed into the rear of Plaintiffs' car at over 70 miles per hour. One Plaintiff was killed instantly and another suffered a TBA (traumatic brain injury).
The driver was operating his tractor-trailer for GLC Transportation Inc. and Great Lake Cheese companies in Ohio and New York. The amount of the settlement is primarily based on the wrongful death and lifelong injuries and care ($8 million life care plan) which resulted from the collision. In addition, it was shown that the tractor trailer driver ignored construction signs as he pressed his rig in excess of 72 miles per hour in the construction zone.
Obtaining a settlement of this magnitude is the result of a huge amount of work on the part of tractor-trailer and truck injury attorneys. Many truck drivers and trucking companies maintain only minimum trucking insurance limits of $750,000-$2 million. The trucking accident attorneys of the Law Office of Stephen A. Burroughs are familiar with trucking insurance and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations which help those injured in truck accidents access multiple levels of insurance coverage in trucking cases. By holding truck drivers, trucking companies, trucking brokers, and sometimes even the shipping customers, accountable for negligent brokering, negligent loading or illegally ordering truck drivers to speed or to drive while fatigued additional layers of insurance coverage are triggered. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a negligent or reckless truck driver - make sure you hire an attorney experienced in trucking accidents. Remember -a trucking accident is not just another car wreck.