A jury in Prairie County, Arkansas, awarded $10.3 million to the family of an Iraq war veteran who was burned while rescuing his wife and two children after a devastating collision on an interstate highway in July 2008. Mark Rogers and his family were traveling through Arkansas while on vacation when their car was corralled by several tractor-trailers. One of the rigs ignited, and the fire spread, setting Rogers’ car on fire. His was the only door that would open, so the 34-year-old escaped and kicked in the windshield to rescue his wife, daughter and son. The accident left three of the four Rogers family members severely burned.
The jury found U.S. Express, Inc. 47.5% at fault in the accident and awarded the $10.3 million verdict. At the time of the accident, Mark Rogers was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves. He had recently returned from his second tour in Iraq, where he served as a combat engineer. In an ironic twist of fate, Staff Sgt. Rogers was a K-9 handler who searched for explosives in Iraq with the goal of maintaining safe highways. The law firm of Wilkes & McHugh handled this case and they did a very good job.
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