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Two Texas Truck Wreck Lawsuits Settled for $11.7 Million

June 27, 2013

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Two lawsuits against trucking companies that haul water to hydraulic fracturing sites have been settled in Texas costing more than $11 and a half million combined.

The first accident occurred on June 22, 2011, when a semitrailer blocked the right of way on a state highway near Carthage, Texas. Mike Allen crashed into a heavy truck owned by Coraopolis, Penn.-based Heckmann Water Resources. The truck was stopped on the road without turn signals or flashing lights.

The attorney for Allen says his client was no longer able to financially support his wife and young daughter because of injuries sustained in the wreck. On June 20, a court approved a settlement in which Heckmann agreed to pay Allen and his family $8.7 million, which is believed to be the largest lawsuit settlement in Panola County history.

The second settlement stemmed from a Sept. 11, 2011, truck crash near Weatherford, Texas, that resulted in 32 year-old Arron Gomas suffering brain damage, according to his attorney. Gomas broadsided a tractor-trailer owned by Weatherford-based Bob Phillips Trucking, also called Phillips Water Hauling, as the truck's driver attempted to make an illegal U-turn shortly before midnight.

The case was on behalf of Gomas and his family for $3 million on June 13. The $3 million award was the maximum payout available from the trucking firm's insurance carrier.


  1. 1. John [ August 29, 2013 @ 08:01PM ]

    In the second case, the driver was an IDIOT. You don't make a u-turns, unless the police direct you to do so. And then, ONLY when they have ALL traffic BLOCKED!
    In the first case, sorry for your situation. But when you're driving down the road, and you obviously are NOT giving it your full attention because you can't tell you are quickly approaching a vehicle in front of you, that's not entirely the fault of the stopped vehicle. No way this would have been this big of a settlement if it had been a stopped car. Especially if it would have been an under, or uninsured vehicle.

  2. 2. Marc [ December 09, 2013 @ 03:25PM ]

    Heckmann Water Resources just lost a case in which its victim's family was awarded $281 Million for a wrongful death when the drive shaft came off a Heckmann water truck and went through the windshield of a pickup carrying Carlos Aguilar. The vehicle was not properly maintained resulting in a settlement that included $100 Million in punitive damages.

    This occurred in Dimmitt County, Texas, in the Eagle Ford Shale region where hydraulic fracturing for oil is going strong. Here is a link to the story:


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