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Brake Evidence Convinces Jury in $3.5M Trucking Accident Settlement


There are certain aspects of trucking accidents that make them significantly different from other automobile accidents. One of these particularities led to some of the most convincing evidence in a trucking accident settlement in Alabama. AboutLawsuits.com recently released an article describing a trucking accident settlement that resulted in a $3.5 million settlement. The following article is a brief synthesis of some of the aspects of the case that were reported in the above mentioned article.

In January of 2008, James Sanderson was killed in a trucking accident that involved two logging trucks. The Sanderson family then filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the accident was the result of negligence on the part of logging truck driver, Gary Fruge. The most convincing evidence in this case seems to come from the particularities of how a logging truck brakes and resulted in the jury deciding on behalf of the Sanderson family.

Circumstances of Trucking Accident
The accident itself involved Sanderson, who was driving a van, and two logging trucks. Sanderson was waiting behind a logging truck for another vehicle to make a left turn when Fruge, driving the second logging truck, rear ended Sanderson propelling him forward into the other logging truck. The force of the impact was so great in this trucking accident that it resulted in a log from the first truck breaking through the windshield causing lethal brain damage to Sanderson.

Case’s Brake Evidence
The main area of contention in this trucking accident case was whether or not Fruge was being negligent in rear ending Sanderson. The most compelling evidence came from the length needed to completely stop from braking in a logging truck, in treating this case as a trucking accident instead of just a larger car accident. Fruge claimed to be going the 45 mph at the time of the incident and did not have enough time or distance to stop. The trucking accident attorney on advocating for the Sanderson family demonstrated that had Fruge actually been going 45 mph, he could have stopped within 360 ft which did not fit the scene of the accident or Fruge’s account. The jury agreed with this evidence favoring the Sanderson family in this trucking accident settlement.

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