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Texas City Family Awarded $6.7 Million in Wrongful Death Suit

David Turnbull3 years ago

A Galveston County jury has awarded the family of a 11 year-old-girl who was stuck and killed by a tractor trailor $6,711,147 in a pedestrian accident lawsuit.

Texas City Girl Waiting for School Bus Fatally Struck by Truck

According to reports, the Texas City youth was wating for her school bus when she was hit by a tractor-trailer September 24th of 2012. 

The defendant has been formally charged with manslaughter and the plaintiff’s estate charged the defendant for damages under negligence resulting in the death of the girl.  

The defendant’s employer denied the allegations, claiming that the truck could not have hit the child as the distance of the truck is 27 feet long and both tires would have needed to leave the road in order for the tread marks to return to the road after 32 feet, but the police report stated that only the front right tire left the road. 

The plaintiffs’ counsel maintained that the tractor-trailer attempted to turn a corner at excessive speed, was not paying attention to the road, was late for work, and struck the child.  It is contested whether or not the defendant had adequate training.

The Verdict of the Texas City Pedestrian Accident

The jury found the defendent 70 percent negligent in the case, and awarded the plaintiffs $6.7 million for damages including loss of a companion, mental anguish, funeral costs and wrongful death.

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