The Outcome: This case involved extensive and complex discovery, numerous depositions, and underscored the important role that technology plays in the aftermath of tractor-trailer accidents. Knowing that it’s paramount to swiftly obtain driver data following an accident, our team immediately filed a lawsuit in state court. We also dug into the trucking company’s policies and procedures, safety record, and previous safety violations. We found that the truck driver was in violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations regarding the amount of hours he’d worked at the time of this collision, and should not have been on the road due to his lengthy violation history.
After years of relentless digging to uncover evidence despite a highly contentious process, our teams and clients were ready for court. Fortunately, parties were able to reach a settlement on the eve of the discovery deadline. In total, the global settlement was for $23,050,000.