Wrongful Death Award
Written by Faith Anderson on February 4, 2015
Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Fatal FedEx Truck Accident Results in $165 Million Verdict
Victims of trucking accidents and their families may be entitled to financial compensation for their losses.
A New Mexico jury has awarded $165 million in damages to the family of a woman and child killed in a 2011 accident involving a FedEx truck. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the family of Mariala Venegas, and claims that Venegas and her four-year-old daughter died due to the negligence of the FedEx truck driver, who allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and was not adequately trained. If you have been injured in a serious trucking accident, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal accident with a commercial truck driver, contact a reputable trucking accident lawyer today for legal help. You may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit against the driver found at-fault in the wreck, in order to seek fair and timely reimbursement for your losses.
Pickup Truck Rear-Ended by FedEx Driver
Mariala Venegas and her daughter were killed in June 2011, following a late-night collision with a FedEx truck driven by Elizabeth Quintana. According to reports, Venegas was in a pickup truck that was pulled over to the side of the road on Interstate 10 outside of Las Cruces with her hazard lights on, when the accident took place at about 1:30 a.m. on June 22. The FedEx truck reportedly slammed into the rear of Venegas’ pickup truck, killing her and her daughter, while Venegas’ 19-month-old son survived the collision. According to local media reports, investigators found no evidence indicating that Quintana, who also died in the accident, made any effort to stop before striking the pickup truck.
Truck Driver May Have Fallen Asleep Behind the Wheel
Following trial, Mariala Venegas’ family was awarded $165 million in damages, which attorneys representing the family say may be the largest wrongful death verdict in New Mexico history. The significant verdict comes just one month after the U.S. Senate suspended critical laws designed to ensure that commercial truck drivers get enough rest, after aggressive lobbying on behalf of the trucking industry. In July 2013, laws were passed that restricted truck drivers to a 70-hour work week, in an effort to reduce the risk of deadly accidents involving drowsy commercial truck drivers. However, representatives of the trucking industry have argued that the law puts more trucks on the road and increases congestion, and the industry’s 82-hour work week law was reinstated in December 2014.
An Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in an accident with an allegedly negligent commercial truck driver, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by the negligence of others, and can help put you in touch with a knowledgeable attorney who has experience handling trucking accident and personal injury claims. With a qualified truck accident lawyer on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.