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Man Injured in Texting-and-Driving Trucking Accident Settles for $6.25 Million

Posted: March 14, 2023

After a man was catastrophically injured when his vehicle was hit by a box truck, Yarborough Applegate attorneys have helped him secure a $6.25 million settlement. Partner Douglas E. Jennings and attorney John Dodds IV worked jointly with Gerald E. Harmon, Jr. and James R. Felts, IV of Harmon & Felts, P.A. on the case. 

Our client was driving along a rural South Carolina highway when an approaching box truck’s driver ignored a stop sign and collided with our client’s vehicle, causing him injuries that required an airlift from the scene. 

The settlement provides an important measure of security for not only our client, but also his family, Harmon says. “Our client was a very active member of his community and spent his time providing for his wife, son, and grandchildren. The life-changing injuries he sustained because the at-fault driver in this accident decided to text while driving changed that.” 

Felts adds, “This settlement allows him to look towards the future and ensure that not only will he be able to take care of himself, but he will also be able to care for his family.” 


Though the truck driver initially denied responsibility, the crash was captured on an approaching log truck’s dash cam video. The video shows the driver clearly distracted, never applying his brakes. Further, a cell phone forensic report revealed a lengthy texting conversation taking place at the exact moment and location of the accident. 

We are no stranger to the crucial and often case-swaying nature of cell phone data in trucking and tractor-trailer cases. In cases such as this one, carefully obtained information can offer critical evidence that proves a driver is at fault. Despite several attempts to deny the allegations, the truck driver in question eventually admitted to texting behind the wheel after being shown the forensic reports.

If someone you love has been the victim of a tractor-trailer collision, we can help explore your options. Contact us to discuss your case for free.

Disclaimer: Every case is unique, and prior results do not guarantee future outcomes.

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