Dallas, 04/11/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/
One of two survivors in a seven-car semi-truck crash that killed five nursing students has been compensated $15 million by a Georgia jury.
As reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the accident, which occurred in 2015, claimed the lives of five young women between the ages of 20 and 21 — all students at Georgia Southern University —who were en route to their last day of clinical requirements to become nurses.
According to court documents, the truck driver failed to brake as he was traveling 70 miles per hour on the highway. He crashed into several stopped cars on the highway, causing a pileup that killed the women.
Truck Driver Sentenced to Five Years in Prison
The truck driver pled guilty to five counts of first-degree vehicular homicide and was sentenced to five years in prison followed by five years of probation.
The trucking company who employed the driver settled other lawsuits with the family members of the women killed in the crash, as well as the other survivor of the accident.
According to the report, the woman who survived suffered a traumatic brain injury that still causes health problems two years after the accident. She also experiences anxiety and mental stress related to the accident, and her roommate testified that she suffers nightmares and a fear of death following the accident.
The trucking company reportedly offered to pay her medical bills, along with a “fair amount” of compensation, however, the parties were unable to agree on a settlement figure. The jury in the case voted unanimously on a $15 million verdict.
Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Costly
Texas truck accident Attorney Amy Witherite explains, “Each semi-truck accident case is different, and the damages compensated in each case vary. However, because the victim in this case was so young at the time of the accident, the jury most likely considered her long-term medical expenses and other costs when deciding how much to compensate.”
Traumatic brain injuries, which are a contributing factor in one-third of all injury-related deaths in the United States, are among the costliest of all personal injuries.
On average, traumatic brain injuries cost victims and their families $76.5 billion annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
If you have been injured in a semi-truck accident, it’s important to protect your rights. Don’t wait to speak to an attorney.