Improperly Parked Tractor Trailer Leads to Fiery Collision, Catastrophic Injuries
Mark W. Clark and Ben J. Whitman resolved a claim against a nationwide trucking company and its employees for their negligence in parking a tractor-trailer on the side of an active roadway in Marion County, Florida. Clark and Whitman established that the truck company’s employee pulled to the side of the road late in the evening without placing warning / lighting devices on the roadway as required by Federal Trucking Regulations that would have alerted the firm’s clients to the truck posed a danger to those in the roadway.
Due to the defendant’s negligence – the client’s vehicle collided with the parked truck and exploded into flames – causing catastrophic injuries to the clients which resulted in medical bills exceeding $1.5 million. The firm was able to establish that the trucking company violated its own internal policies by failing to part the truck in the appropriate place on the roadway and provide other motorists with necessary warnings regarding the location of the truck. The truck company agreed to a significant confidential settlement at a pre-suit mediation conference.