A Texas jury has awarded $1.5 million to two men injured when an Indiana-based tractor-trailer veered into their lane and hit their car. The men, Ronny Martinez and Kenneth O’Neal, were traveling on a highway in Waxahachie, Texas, in 2006 when their car was struck by a truck operated by Celadon Trucking Services, Inc. The two men filed a personal injury lawsuit against the Indianapolis-based company, contending Celadon was negligent in hiring the truck driver and that the driver was negligent in causing the crash. The jury award included $750,000 for medical bills and another $750,000 for other actual damages such as pain and suffering or physical impairment. The jury also found Martinez, who was driving, partly responsible for causing the accident.

In 2005, Celadon Trucking agreed to pay $1.25 million to the parents of a soldier who died when his car rear-ended a tractor-trailer that stalled along a Texas highway in 2002 after its brake hose failed. The husband-wife truck driving team in that case had tried to repair a high-pressure brake hose with a toothpick wrapped with tape.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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