Two Texas men who were critically injured in separate tractor-trailer accidents in 2011 have earned significant financial settlements against two companies that haul water to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, sites.
Online PR News – 28-June-2013 – FORT WORTH, Texas – Two Texas men who were critically injured in separate tractor-trailer accidents in 2011 have earned significant financial settlements against two companies that haul water to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, sites.
Fort Worth truck accident attorneys Steven C. Laird and Wade A. Barrow from The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., secured the two settlements totaling $11.7 million for the men and their families.
“My clients suffered terrible injuries because these companies didn’t comply with federal regulations and failed to make safety a priority,” says Mr. Laird. “The growing energy industry has brought incredible revenue to Texas, but our roads are becoming more and more dangerous every day as a result.”
The first accident occurred on June 22, 2011, when a semitrailer blocked the right of way on a state highway near Carthage, Texas. Mike Allen, Mr. Laird’s client, crashed into a heavy truck owned by Coraopolis, Penn.-based Heckmann Water Resources. The truck was stopped on the road without turn signals or flashing lights.
Mr. Allen is no longer able to financially support his wife and young daughter because of injuries sustained in the wreck. On June 20, 2013, the court approved a settlement in which Heckmann agreed to pay Mr. Allen and his family $8.7 million, which is believed to be the largest lawsuit settlement in Panola County history.
The second settlement stemmed from a Sept. 11, 2011, truck crash near Weatherford, Texas, that resulted in Mr. Laird’s client suffering brain damage. Arron Gomas, 32, broadsided a tractor-trailer owned by Weatherford-based Bob Phillips Trucking (also called Phillips Water Hauling) as the truck’s driver attempted to make an illegal U-turn shortly before midnight. Mr. Laird settled the case on behalf of Mr. Gomas and his family for $3 million on June 13, 2013. The $3 million award was the maximum payout available from the trucking firm’s insurance carrier.
The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., is a Fort Worth, Texas, law firm whose lawyers and staff members are committed to finding justice in every case we handle. For more than 30 years, we have worked responsibly and diligently to represent individuals and families in personal injury cases where corporate and individual negligence has resulted in significant injuries and wrongful death.
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