A recent case was taken to court by Gary Iscoe of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, along with firm partner Neil Anthony and attorney Michael W Shiver, Jr. The case involved a family who had filed a wrongful death lawsuit after a man was killed in a preventable and tragic accident. The settlement ultimately proved to be about more than money.
It took hard work and long hours to prove negligence on the part of the trucking company who was found responsible for the man’s death. While the family will be financially compensated for their loss, the widow of the decedent has initiated changes that will keep everyone on the road safer.
As part of the court order surrounding the settlement, the trucking company will be forced to change their training methods to include training on three specific safety issues that ultimately caused the man’s death: the proper placement of safety triangles, safe parking of tractor trailers and drivers running across the roadway. Prior to the man’s death, there was no training on these issues and the company, without the court’s ruling, was not going to change their training policy.
The widow of the decedent insisted on these issues being included in the settlement order so that her husband’s death “meant something.” Thanks to the strong-willed woman, those who drive trucks and the people that share the road with big rigs will all be kept safer. Safety training is essential for people who are behind the wheel of these massive vehicles.
The accident that took the man’s life occurred in September 2013. According to reports, two trucks were stopped in the inside emergency lane of Interstate 95 in Lake Worth. The roads were slick and for unknown reasons, the man lost control of his vehicle. His Chrysler struck the underside of one of the trucks and the man was killed, pronounced deceased at the scene.
It was reported that at least one of the trucks was stopped to check on an accident that had occurred prior to this one. The widow of the 68-year-old man who died filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging her husband would not have died if the trucks would not have been stopped where they were. She also alleged that the truck her husband struck did not have a device installed that would have prevented her husband’s vehicle from going under the trailer.
A court of law sided with the woman more than four years later and the family will finally be compensated for their loss. While no amount of money can replace the love of their family member, the widow hopes that the changes in safety training she insisted upon will make a difference.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in Fort Lauderdale, please reach out to our team. We will review the details of your accident and advise you of your options. Call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation and discover more about your legal rights.