The family of a New Mexico woman who suffocated after being buried in sand during a trucking accident has been awarded $80 million following a judge’s decision Monday.
About the New Mexico Trucking Accident
- The lawsuit marked the end of a decade long legal battle linked back to a 2002 trucking accident that left Laura Meira, 48, dead.
- According to the Monroe News, Meira’s vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer while she was waiting at a traffic light, shortly after dropping of her 14-year-old daughter at school.
- The collision with the Albuquerque Redi-Mix truck forced Meira’s car to the curb where it rolled. Miera was trapped as sand from the semi began to pour on top of her.
- Parents and students rushed to Meira’s aid, digging frantically with their bare hands while a counselor attempted to counsel the ensnared driver, holding her hand and praying with her as the sand began to rise.
- The sand soon rose above Meira’s head, causing her to suffocate.
Judgment Reached in Albuquerque Lawsuit
Meira’s family filed a lawsuit against Albuquerque Redi-Mix, Quintana Enterprises Inc., the companies’ owners, John and Barbara Quintana, and the truck driver Truman Bahe.
According to the lawsuit, the truck had an expired registration, three brakes out of adjustment and the driver had been charged with driving while intoxicated twice before being hired by the company.
The Quintanas denied responsibilities, claiming the accident and the resulting injuries were caused by actions committed by others.
The judge found in favor of Meira’s family, awarding them $80 million for her death. The judgment includes $60 million in punitive damages issued to husband Jose Meira and her daughter Cassandra Miera Camp.
Contact an Experienced Trucking Accident Attorney
Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys have handled a multitude of 18-wheeler accidents over the past two decades and continue to handle many of the largest 18-wheeler accident cases throughout the United States. Whether the company is small or large, our success is not an accident; it is because we understand how trucking companies operate. We represent clients/victims all over the country.
Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys are available to respond to trucking accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact our offices - we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.
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Prosecutors and victims’ families were left stunned after a court ruling in which a judge sentence a teen responsible for the deaths of four pedestrians in a drunk driving accident to 10 years probation.
Defense Claims Drunk Driving Teen Product of “Affluenza”
- According to CNN, Texas teen Ethan Couch, 16, will receive no jail time and instead will only face 10 years probation and a stay at a rehab center for his role in a drunk driving collision that killed four in Fort Worth last Father’s Day.
- The trial began last Wednesday when Couch admitted before the court, his family and the families of his victims that he was responsible for the accident. It was up to Judge Jean Boyd to determine the appropriate sentence for the teen.
- While the prosecution pressed for Couch to receive the maximum sentence, 20 years of incarceration, Judge Boyd instead opted for a much more lenient sentence which is now drawing heavy criticism.
- The defense, claiming therapy would be the best option, argued that Couch was the product of “affluenza,” being raised in a family which believed wealth bought privilege and special treatment.
- According to defense attorneys, Couch was given whatever he wanted and was never given any boundaries nor punished for his past mistakes. As such, he never learned to discern right from wrong.
- In addition to the 10 years probation, Couch will undergo rehabilitation at a therapy center in California. CBS-DFW reports that his parent will be picking up the $450,000 a year bill.
- Judge Boyd has not commented on the ruling.
About the Deadly Drunk Driving Accident
“We had over 180 years of life taken, future life not 180 years lived, but 180 years of future life taken and two of those were my wife and daughter.” – Eric Boyles as published by CBS-DFW
- Reports show that 16-year-old Ethan Couch had a blood alcohol content of .24 percent, three times the legal limit, when he plowed into two vehicles and a group of pedestrians, killing four.
- Among those killed were Breanne Mitchell, whose vehicle had broken down on the narrow road, and youth pastor Brian Jennings who had stopped to render aid.
- Also killed were Hollie and Shelby Boyles, mother and daughter, who had left their home in order to help Mitchell
- Authorities estimate that Couch was traveling in excess of 70 mph down the 40 mph road leading up to the fatal collision. Two passengers in the back of Couch’s truck were ejected leaving one paralyzed and unable to speak due to brain injuries.
- First responders compared the resulting mayhem to that found at the scene of a plane crash.
- Video footage presented by the prosecution showed Couch and two friends stealing beer from a nearby Wal-Mart. Authorities also determined that Couch had valium in his system at the time of the wreck.
Contact an Experienced DUI/DWI Accident Attorney
If you suspect you have been injured because of a drunk driver, contact an attorney with the experience and aggressiveness to handle your case. Contact Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys. We will ensure that you get the full monetary compensation you deserve. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends and we represent clients/victims all over the country.
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A 52-year-old woman is dead after being stuck and dragged by a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MTBA) bus.
About the Boston Bus Accident
911 received a call about the accident around 7 pm Tuesday night by a person who saw the woman’s body, but had not witnessed the accident.
Upon learning about the involvement of the MBTA, police began questioning the 56-year-old driver. Authorities are also reviewing surveillance footage in order to track down anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
Though police have stated that the bus driver did not appear impaired, they did administer drug and alcohol tests. It is unclear whether the bus driver was aware of hitting the woman.
No charges have been filed against the bus driver.
Bus and Pedestrian Accident Statistics
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recorded 56,000 bus accidents for 2011, resulting in 283 deaths.
- An additional 24,000 people were injured in these accidents and which, along with truck accidents, cost the U.S. approximately $87 billion.
- About 4,432 pedestrians were killed in 2011 due to motor vehicle accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney
Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys have handled a multitude of commercial vehicle accidents over the past two decades and continue to handle many of the largest 18-wheeler accident cases throughout the United States. Whether the company is small or large, our success is not an accident; it is because we understand how trucking companies operate. We represent clients/victims all over the country.
Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys are available to respond to truck and bus accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact our offices - we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.
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