Collier County Survivors Receive $5.6 Million Settlement in a Motor Vehicle Death CaseAugust 24, 2012 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share
A Collier County, Florida driver ran out of gas on southbound I-75 in Naples, FL. After pulling to the side of the road, she called her husband who arrived at her location, pulled behind her and stopped. At the same time the Defendant was driving his employers' pick-up truck pulling a trailer. The trailer became loose because the driver had used the wrong size ball on the truck. The safety chains, which had not been properly secured to the frame of the trailer by the manufacturer, immediately snapped causing the trailer to strike the guardrail and rear-end the husband's vehicle. The impact from the trailer pierced his gas tank and buckled his doors so he couldn't get out. Although not injured in the initial impact, the piercing of the gas tank caused a fire from which the husband could not escape because of the buckled doors. The husband died in the fire.
Randall L. Spivey of the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., represented the survivors of the estate - the Victim's wife 27 years old and his 14 year-old daughter.
Mr. Spivey said, "This case involved not only the driver of the truck, but also the driver's employer who owned the truck and the manufacturer of the trailer for not properly securing the safety chains to the trailer's frame." Mr. Spivey successfully obtained a $5.6 million settlement for the family.
If you or a loved one is involved in a motor vehicle accident, be sure to contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by less than 2 percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 1,500 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.