Tractor-Trailer Accident Results in $6.65 Million Jury Verdict

A Tennessee jury awarded $6.65 million in damages recently to the mother of a 17-year-old girl who died in a tractor-trailer accident. Lindsey Garretson was killed August 8, 2000 when a truck driven by Stuart Foy slammed into the back of her car on Interstate 40. Foy failed to slow the tractor-trailer, owned by KLLM Transport Services Inc., when vehicles began braking to avoid a mattress that had fallen off another truck.  Plaintiff attorneys argued that Foy should never have been employed by KLLM due to his record of reckless driving and several accidents.

We have handled similar cases in Georgia, collecting policy limits plus some, and this year we got a $2.3 million verdict against a trucking company for a badly broken leg. Unfortunately, the trucking companies that are the sloppiest about driving hiring, training and supervision are also the least diligent about maintaining more than the minimum required insurance coverage.

 

 

The Shigley Law Firm  represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a "SuperLawyer" in Atlanta Magazine and one of the "Legal Elite" in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck wrecks and accidents.

 

  • Digger Forzane

    Any chance that the trucker in this case was fatigued or fell asleep? I saw a good blog about driver fatigue at http://www.atlantainjuryblog.com/

  • The Atlanta Magazine article was very well written. It really gave some nice pr to Ken Shigley.

  • Courtney

    Lindsey was my sister’s best friend. I was only in Seventh grade when this happened and to this day it angers me and I am 21 now. If the trucker was tired, he should have pulled over on the side of the road somewhere and slept in his cab. That is exactly what those little beds back there are for.
    I am so sick of semi drivers worrying more about the bonuses that they get if they get the stuff there early than the safety of the other drivers on the road.
    A very beautiful girl, both inside and out, died because of this idiot and God knows how many people before or after her have died because semi drivers act responsibly.