The following excerpt is from Law Firm Newswire, written by Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Perlmutter & Schuelke, originally published on September 12:
Manuel Galindo’s family received a jury award of $37.9 million in a wrongful death action filed against O’Reilly Auto Parts. Galindo died in February 2015 after slamming into a big rig stuck on an icy road.
The jury deemed the truck driver 40 percent responsible for Galindo’s death and O’Reilly Auto Parts was found to be 60 percent responsible.
At the time of the fatal accident, Manuel Galindo-Comancho was 37-years-old. He died around 6 a.m. near the Texas town of Burnet after hitting a tractor-trailer unit straddling every lane of State Highway 29. Galindo was from Fredricksburg. The truck driver had lost control of his rig, hit a guardrail, and whipped around so the truck came to rest blocking all traffic headed in either direction.
The visibility was not good that day making the road and the truck hard to see. As the driver tried to move his vehicle, Galindo, unable to see well, crashed his Chevy Astro van into the 18-wheeler. First responders found him dead at the scene.
A subsequent investigation of the accident revealed that the truck driver, 36-year-old David Shoots, had been talking on his cellphone at the time of the accident. He neglected to put reflective warning cones in front of his truck.
Read the full article here.