Couple Injured by Out-of-Control Dump Truck Wins $10 Million
A couple injured in a multi-car wreck caused by a rogue dump truck won a jury award of more than $10 million.
The AccidentTheodus Williams, an employee of Valvano Construction Inc., was driving one of the company's 1979 Mack dump trucks when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a line of cars on a city street, causing a chain reaction. One of the cars hit was Robert and Holly Ann Kuchwara's Toyota SUV, which was sent into a utility pole as a result of the force from the initial dump truck hit.
The InjuriesThe collision with the utility pole fractured Holly Ann Kuchwara's vertebrae, shattered her ankle, and left her with a great deal of head trauma.
The OutcomeThe Kuchwara's sued the company and their driver, claiming that the dated Mack truck used in the accident was unsafe for driving. The couple's lawyer had evidence of police charges against both the company and the driver for 12 violations each. According to these violations, the truck had been reported as having faulty breaks and steering problems, meanwhile Williams had been driving with an expired medical certificate for a substantial block of time.
The jury awarded the couple $9.1 million for the injuries they sustained in the accident and an additional $1 million to punish the company and the driver.