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Victim's family wins $5.2 million lawsuit

A recent wrongful death lawsuit was won by an Ohio family in the death of their father who died when he was hit by a semi-truck driver in 2008. The family sued the company that hired the driver and claimed the trucking company did not have any valid insurance on the day of the accident. The victim's family won a $5.2 million lawsuit.

Court documents show that the victim was killed as he was inspecting his own semi-trailer on the side of a freeway on the afternoon of Sept. 25, 2008.

The accident occurred as the driver began falling asleep behind the wheel and was jolted awake when he struck another semi-truck's mirror. In an attempt to move his trailer away, he over corrected and turned the truck to the right and hit the back of the victim's parked trailer. The victim was hit by the defendant's semi-truck and died instantly. The driver admitted to using methamphetamines one or two days before the accident.

The victim's attorney argued that the company that hired the defendant should be drug testing its employees to prevent these types of tragedies. Court documents also show that the trucking company did not have valid insurance the day of the accident.

The defendant in this case plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence of methamphetamine in 2009. He is serving a 40-month prison sentence, after which he will be under three years of post-prison supervision and was ordered to pay approximately $7,000 in restitution.

Source: Mail Tribune, "Fatal '08 truck accident settled for $5.2 million," Ryan Pfeil, Mar. 8, 2012

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