August 7, 2013
A settlement has been reached in the Indiana Truck Accident that claimed two motorist’s lives in February 2011. Reports indicate the families of the victims will receive a total of $18.5 million in damages for their losses.
According to a story published by the Indianapolis Business Journal, the crash happened on Interstate 94, just outside the city of Portage, Indiana. Court documents show that a tractor-trailer hauling 21 tons of crushed marble for Celadon Group, Inc. was traveling at roughly 65 MPH along the highway with the truck’s cruise control in use. When the truck had to slow on the icy road for traffic though, the driver lost control and the truck slammed into a vehicle being driven by a 44-year-old man and carrying a 47-year-old passenger. The impact of the collision killed both men.
The victim’s family later filed lawsuits against the company, alleging that the driver of the truck was traveling too fast for the road conditions. A jury agreed, but Celadon later appealed the decision. The appeal was later dropped though, with $7.5 million being awarded to the wife of the driver that was killed and $11 million being offered to the wife and children of the passenger.
The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize how difficult the loss of a loved one can be and hope the settlement will bring a sense of closure to the incident for the families of the victims.