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$4.1 Verdict Against R&L Carriers in Texas Crash

April 28, 2014

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A 41-year-old Mississippi woman, seriously injured when her pick-up truck rolled over, after it was rear-ended by an 18-wheel tractor-trailer driver on a Texas interstate highway in 2011, was awarded $4.1 million by a Dallas, Texas jury.

The jury ruled late last Thursday that the truck driver, who had two previous rear-end collisions, was grossly negligent, according to a release from the plaintiff’s attorney, Fitts Zehl LLP, based in Houston. The jury also found his employer, Greenwood Motor Lines, doing business as R&L Carriers, was also grossly negligent in failing to properly supervise and train the driver.

The collision happened near Weatherford, Texas on I-20 on the evening of Dec. 5, 2011, seriously injuring Bobbie Bush. The truck driver was estimated to have been traveling at least 65 mph at the time of the collision, according to Bush’s attorney.

The jury award included $1.2 million for Bush's past and future medical expenses, $1 million for past and future physical impairment, and $50,000 in punitive damages against the trucking company.

The case is Bobbie Bush v. R&L Carriers, Inc., et al, in the 298th District Court of Dallas County, Texas.

Comments

  1. 1. Alfred Baack [ May 28, 2014 @ 01:49PM ]

    Of course R and L is having legal issues. When they fire a driver, who had previously worked over 1000 hours for them as a temporary, without any issues whatsoever, because (he) would not drive unsafe equipment, the "corporate culture" of the "new'" R & L speaks for itself. Having worked years ago for them, when they had still been "family owned," it was a truly safe company; however, with the "corporate takeover," they have become just as irresponsible as the "other 'trucking' companies."

 

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