A victim’s employer and a subcontractor have agreed to pay surviving family members $3.75 million after the work truck he was operating overturned. In this issue, we’ll talk about the specifics of this wrongful death lawsuit.
The Case at a Glance
The victim lost his life when the granite-filled dump truck he was driving tipped over after the front passenger tire blew out. His is survived by a widow and two young children.
A subsequent investigation found that the tire tread was “well below legal limits.” However, the investigation showed that the trucking company:
- failed to conduct a mandatory 90-day inspection on the truck;
- advised its truckers to avoid Highway Patrol weigh stations in order to elude inspections;
- developed a pattern of giving only positive checkmarks during hurriedly completed reports; and
- had authorized the victim to carry more than 10% of what the vehicle could legally carry.
Also held responsible was the granite company, which overloaded the victim’s truck nine times on the day of the incident.
Truck Company Had History of Tire Problems
According to reports, the trucking company had been cited by the Highway Patrol specifically for serious tire violations seven times previously. Authorities even ordered its trucks pulled from the road four times.
If a loved one has lost their life because of someone else’s negligence, call the wrongful death attorneys at Barber & Associates.
Losing a loved one is never easy – especially if the loss results from a sudden accident because of someone else’s negligence. If you have experienced what you feel to be a wrongful death in your family, know that Barber & Associates is one of Alaska’s leading wrongful death firms. We can secure compensation to cover medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of consortium and more.
For a free interview, call us at 907.276.5858.