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Deadly truck crash results in $15.7 million verdict


In a deadly crash that resounded with Massachusetts drivers, three members of a Connecticut family were killed in a 2007 collision between a tanker truck and another vehicle. A jury has now awarded family members a total of $15.7 million for their losses in the truck accident. The jury apparently was not swayed by the trucking company’s argument that another driver should also have been held accountable for the crash in which the truck driver and the three other victims died.

The accident took place on I-95 in East Lyme near the I-395 interchange. The driver of a tanker truck that was carrying about 7,000 gallons of fuel lost control and jumped the median, crashing head-on into traffic traveling southbound. Witnesses to the accident claimed that the driver appeared to be racing another truck driver at the time he lost control.

The jury found that the company that owned the tanker was negligent and should pay compensation to the surviving family members of the three victims killed by the tanker truck. Attorneys for the trucking company attempted to deflect some of the liability by blaming the second driver, but the jury recessed only a few hours before reaching its verdict.

Victims of truck accidents commonly suffer serious injury or death, especially those involved in accidents with large semi or tanker trucks on high-speed highways such as interstates. In these cases, a personal injury attorney may be able to help the victims recover damages for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages as well as other costs related to the accident. A personal injury attorney may also represent the families of victims killed in these crashes.

Source: WCVB, “Jury awards $15.7 million in fatal crash lawsuit,” Apr. 26, 2013


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