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Tonia's Story — Trucking- 18 Wheeler

18-Wheeler crashes into stalled vehicle

This case arises out of a multi-vehicle crash, which occurred on I-10. The client and her children filed suit against the defendant, who operated a waste management business. A heavy trash truck hit the client’s vehicle. The client was found over one hundred feet from her vehicle, after having been apparently dragged that distance by the defendant’s truck. 

The client suffered injuries including: a fractured collar bone, a gash to the back of her head, burns/abrasions on her arms, legs, and stomach, a shattered kidney, fractured pelvis, a broken right foot, and loss of bone in her lower right leg from abrasion. Client underwent numerous surgeries, including removal of her damaged kidney and multiple skin graphs. The client was left with many disfiguring scars. 

 At trial, client and defendant presented starkly different views on how the accident occurred. In fact, defendant contended that it never struck the plaintiff’s vehicle, or her body. Multiple experts on both sides were presented, including three different accident reconstruction experts, two biomechanical experts, two physics professors, and multiple computer simulations of the crash. 

The court completely rejected the defendant’s version of the accident and found the waste management truck 100% at fault.      

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Steve Broussard

Tonia's lead attorney

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