Though any type of wreck has the potential to be deadly, accidents involving large trucks are often some of the most devastating for their size and velocity.
Surviving a crash with a large vehicle like a truck is nothing short of a miracle. For those who walk away, there are still many more who have not had that chance. If you or a loved one have experienced this reality, there are no words we can say to make up for your loss. We are truly sorry.
As a survivor of a crash, we know that you want hope, healing and justice more than anything. It is hardly ever about getting a large settlement. Though, consider what monetary support could afford for you and your family – perhaps it is therapy or rehabilitation, or paying off hospital bills. Whatever your needs may be, at Fried Rogers Goldberg, we want to help you get there.
We believe you and your family deserve to move on and heal, just like anyone else. When it comes to our clients, we will absolutely fight for their best. Take a look at the following five largest truck crash settlements in the U.S., including the first from Fried Rogers Goldberg’s Joe Fried.
1. Joe Fried’s $80 Million Verdict
Back in 2016, our very own Joe Fried made history when his $80 million truck accident settlement became the biggest dollar amount settlement in history.
The accident in question involved a truck driver near Savannah, Georgia slamming into a line of cars that had stopped due to a previous accident. The driver, who denied falling asleep and distracted driving, never hit his brakes. As a result, five nursing students were killed and two more were badly injured.
2. $42 Million Settlement
In 2011, a man was killed in 2007 by a truck driver running a stop sign. The jury awarded the deceased’s widow $40.2 million, and the case was eventually settled for $42 million in 2014.
3. $10 Million Settlement
Recognized worldwide due to Tracy Morgan’s involvement, in 2014, a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. truck injured several people and killed one. The deceased’s children received a $10 million settlement, while Morgan and Wal-Mart later reached an undisclosed settlement.
4. Undisclosed Settlement
A jury awarded $281 million to family in Texas in 2013, after a man was struck and killed by a truck’s drive shaft that had detached and smashed through the windshield. Deemed “improperly maintained,” the judgement was later reduced to $105 million, before the case was settled for an undisclosed amount.
5. $34 Million Settlement
In 2014, a truck accident case in the State of Ohio settled for $34 million. Due to a confidentiality agreement, specifics of the case cannot be discussed.
The Truck Accident Attorneys
Collisions happen every day; sometimes, they are unavoidable. But when a crash occurs because of poor vehicle maintenance, defective equipment or driver’s negligence – a crash that could have been prevented – someone should be held responsible for the devastating aftermath.
With over 100 years of combined experience, the attorneys of Fried Rogers Goldberg stand for justice, and give a voice to those who have been injured or killed in a trucking accidents.