SOUTH TEXAS JURY AGREES TO LIMIT PLAINTIFF’S DAMAGES FROM SERIOUS COLLISION

On August 28, 2015, after a five day trial in which defendant stipulated liability for a serious motor vehicle collision between a tanker truck and a passenger car occurring on Interstate 35, a LaSalle County jury returned a verdict in favor of plaintiff, but awarded much less than sought in recovery.  The car operated by defendant, a construction project manager on his way to Laredo, crossed the highway median and collided with plaintiff’s truck traveling northbound at highway speed resulting in a complete shutdown of the northbound lanes of the highway.

Plaintiff  was the driver of the tanker truck involved in the collision, and he claimed to have suffered significant injuries as a result of the collision which would require both neck and back surgery, and significantly limit his future ability to earn a living as a truck driver.

The jury declined to award damages of $2,000,000 as suggested by plaintiff’s counsel, but instead awarded total damages of $260,625.  Counsel for defendant suggested to the jury that the evidence established damages of $115,585.

Partner Bart Ridley of Touchstone Bernays represented the defendant throughout the course of the litigation, and attorneys Ricardo Reyna and Celia Garcia of Brock, Person, Guerra, Reyna, P.C. served as lead counsel for the defendant during trial.

The county seat of LaSalle County is Cotulla, Texas which is located approximately 100 miles southwest of San Antonio.  The 2010 census estimated a total of 6,886 persons residing in LaSalle County.  However, oil and gas industry drilling activities conducted in the Eagle Ford Shale may have doubled these figures by conservative estimates.  Touchstone Bernays, with offices in Dallas and San Antonio, remains ready to assist those facing claims and litigation arising from operations in the Eagle Ford Shale.

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