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Justice for victim's family after wrongful death ruling

Not only is the loss of a loved one tragic, but it often has a profound financial impact on the family. Especially when an individual’s death is avoidable, those responsible must be held accountable to the victim’s survivors in California and beyond. One family may finally feel a sense of justice now that the parties responsible for causing the death of their father and husband have been found guilty in their wrongful death lawsuit.

The fatal tractor-trailer accident occurred in Pennsylvania in 2009. The victim and his passenger were driving down the interstate when a commercial truck reportedly pulled out in front of them without notice. The tractor truck had been parked on the side of the road and the driver did not have the vehicle’s hazard lights on when he reentered traffic. As a result of hitting the large truck, both accident victims sustained severe burns and died from their injuries.

The driver of the passenger vehicle was married with four children when he died. After the tragedy, his wife filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the tractor-trailer and the truck company that employed him. It wasn’t until 2012, however, that the case went to court.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit accused the truck company of not properly training their employee. It was also noted in the lawsuit that the driver had failed his commercial driving test multiple times and that he lacked experience. Furthermore, the driver was accused of not knowing his route or understanding how to use the communication equipment on his vehicle.

Ultimately, both defendants in the case were found guilty. The truck company was ordered to pay punitive damages, and both defendants were held accountable for compensatory damages in the amount of a little over $2 million to the victim’s family.

Source: courthousenews.com, “Rookie Trucker Owes Millions for Fatal Crash,” Rose Bouboushian, Jan. 13, 2014

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