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Family Awarded $5.2M for Trucking Accident

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Tyler Kirchoff5 years ago

The family of an Oregon man who was struck and killed by a truck driver in 2008 was recently awarded $5.2 million. The jury found that the truck driver was negligent in operating his vehicle and the company that hired him was negligent in its hiring practices.

Truck Driver Fell Asleep at the Wheel

  • According to reports, on Sept, 25, 2008, the victim was stopped on Interstate 5 near Ashland, Oregon inspecting his brakes when he was struck by a semi-truck.
  • The driver of the semi-truck had reportedly fallen asleep at the wheel after coming down from a methamphetamine high.
  • The victim’s family sued the trucker and the company that hired him claiming their negligent hiring practices contributed to the victim’s wrongful death.
  • Plaintiff’s attorneys also argued that the trucking company had no insurance and had been cited for failing to conduct drug testing on its drivers.

Oregon Jury Awards $5.2 Million Verdict

The Jury awarded a total of $5.2 million to the family of the victim:

  • $3.5 million dollars in punitive damages against the driver of the semi-truck
  • $1.7 million in punitive damages against the hiring agency
  • $50,000 in general compensatory damages.
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