A Kansas jury awarded $23.5 million to a husband and wife for injuries they suffered in a truck/semi-trailer accident that arose in New Mexico (involving their tractor trailer struck by a second truck operated by Robin Getchell). The actual verdict was reduced because the judge found the truck driverwith Swift Transportation was liable for 65% of the total fault of the accident. Also, the truck driver found responsible, Robin Getchell, tested positive for methamphetamine, while she had been driving for her employer, Swift Transportation. Evidence presented on behalf of the family members injured proved that Getchell was actually backing up her truck from a rest stop onto the two-lane highway when another truck collided with hers, which was operated by plaintiff Terry Frederick, who was driving a truck for Yellow Freight at the time. His wife Donna was a passenger. The defendant truck driver did not have much credibility, including the positive test for illegal drugs. Trucking accident cases involve careful review of regulations that may apply to the circumstances of the accident, and usually require some accident reconstruction, and many issues that are unique to trucking accidental injury cases.
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