18-Wheeler Driver Dropped Cell Phone Causes Accident | Victims Awarded Over $1 Million by Iberville Parish Jury
In June 2006, a family was traveling from their home in Lufkin, Texas to Gulf Shores, Alabama when they were rear-ended by a big rig on I-10 near the Gross Tete exit. The family was awarded over $1 million dollars, on Thursday, September 23 by a Iberville Parish Jury. The driver of the eighteen wheeler admitted to dropping his cell phone causing him to lose attention to the road and hit the family’s car. The father sustained a mild traumatic brain injury and a neck injury as a result of the accident, while other members of the family were fortunate to receive only minor injuries. The entire family testified that the accident and subsequent injuries to their father has put not only a mental, but also emotional strain on their family.
Chet Boudreaux, a trial attorney with McKernan Law Firm said, “We are happy that justice has been served on behalf of the family. They can now have some closure and begin to piece their lives back together which was abruptly interrupted by an eighteen wheeler company. Gordon and I always thought that a jury would send a message on this case to inattentive drivers to pay attention to the safety of citizens on the highways of Louisiana.”
The family was represented by; McKernan Law Firm, Chandler, Mathis and Zivley, and Clayton and Fruge.