Our firm has settled a wrongful death case against Medic Trucking, Inc., a Florida company. The case arose out of a collision that occurred in Mississippi on August 3, 2007. Our client’s husband (the decedent) was driving a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 72 in Iuka, Miss., at about 11:30 p.m. Another commercial vehicle, owned by Medic Trucking, was stopped in the right lane of the highway without any warnings in an area that had no lighting. The decedent was behind another vehicle as they approached the stopped vehicle. The first vehicle was able to maneuver around the stopped vehicle, which was in the right lane. That driver couldn’t tell the truck was stopped. The decedent, who was behind, swerved to the left, but was unable to avoid striking the rear left corner of the Medic Trucking trailer. Upon impact, the decedent’s tractor exploded into flames and he died instantly in the horrific collision.
The driver of the stopped Medic vehicle was confused and had stopped his tractor and trailer in the right lane of the highway even though there was plenty of room on the right for him to have pulled completely off the highway. The Medic driver was apparently lost and was looking for directions. This case, one of gross recklessness on the part of the Medic Trucking truck driver, was settled for the company’s liability insurance policy limits. Julia Beasley handled the case for the firm and did a very good job.
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