Verdict in favor of estate of man killed by truck
Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 14, 2014 in Wrongful Death
The unexpected loss of a loved one is devastating. No one is prepared for a call that their loved one has died. While learning of a death due to natural causes is sad, when the person is killed as the result of the negligence of another person, it is that much harder to bear.
In addition to being psychologically difficult to come to terms with, it can be financially difficult as well. This is particularly true if the person who died contributed a significant amount to the household income. Both of these reasons could prompt the estate of the deceased person to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or entity responsible for the death. The family of a man, who died while working in 2012, did that very thing.
The man, a state Department of Transportation supervisor, was struck by a tractor-trailer after he got out of his brightly colored DOT truck, which was parked on the shoulder of a road with its lights flashing. He had exited his truck to collect debris that littered the side of the road. The truck that struck the man apparently drifted from the road and onto the shoulder.
Though the man survived the initial incident, he succumbed to the multiple blunt force injuries in a hospital. The 41-year-old father left behind two teenage children.
The driver behind the wheel of the truck pled guilty to misconduct with a motor vehicle and received a prison sentence. In addition, both the driver and the company for which the driver worked were sued by the decease man's estate. That case was recently tried. A jury ruled in favor of the man's estate rendering a verdict for $7,290,000.
While the award will undoubtedly come in handy for the family the man left behind, it cannot bring the man back. Hopefully the verdict will make it easier for the man's children to move forward with their lives.
Source: The Connecticut Law Tribune, "Trucking Company Loses $7.3 Million Wrongful Death Suit," Christian Nolan, Oct. 22, 2014