Beasley Allen Atlanta-based lawyer Parker Miller and Jonathan Hayes of Atlanta law firm Goldstein Hayes & Lina secured a $17.25 million settlement on behalf of the family of a 54-year-old woman killed in a tragic tractor-trailer accident. The lawsuit settled just before the trial was to begin in November.
The victim was driving on a rural Alabama highway when she was struck and killed by a commercial motor vehicle. Her four adult children hired Hayes and Miller to represent them in a lawsuit against the out-of-state motor carrier and the driver of the tractor-trailer, who was from Tennessee.
“When these wrecks happen, they are almost always fatal, and this accident was no exception,” said Beasley Allen lawyer Parker Miller. “Obviously, you can never replace what was lost, but you can do your best to deliver justice to the clients, and that is exactly what we did here.”
The specific terms of the settlement and parties are confidential. The claims were vehemently contested, with the defendants disputing liability and blaming another driver for causing the wreck. In the end, justice prevailed.
“This was such a tragic case. However, we were able to help our clients bring some amount of closure and hold the trucking company and driver accountable,” said Hayes of Goldstein Hayes. “I can think of only a few instances where a major truck wreck like this did not lead to a fatality, which is why it is so important that trucking companies follow the mandated safety rules and properly supervise their drivers.”