Five-Year-Old Virginian Receives $3.5 Million for Truck Accident that Killed Her Father

By Peter DePaolis

A five-year-old Virginia girl will receive a $3.5 million settlement as the result of a truck accident that killed her father. The girl is the only surviving beneficiary of the 25-year-old man who died in the accident.

An 18-wheel semi rear-ended the victim’s passenger vehicle. Both vehicles caught fire and the victim died as a result. Attorneys for the trucker argued that the victim was traveling 25 miles per hour on the highway without operating his hazard lights at night. The trucker had admitted he did not see the victim’s vehicle until right before impact.

The victim’s attorneys established that the trucker told an inaccurate story to state troopers after the crash. They also presented evidence that the trucker had diabetes, which he failed to adequately treat before the accident. There was also evidence that the trucker violated safety rules contained in the Virginia Commercial Drivers License Manual.

The lasting impact on the victim’s family was illustrated by interviews and other materials gathered by attorneys.

Drivers injured on Virginia highways should speak to a Northern Virginia truck accident attorney for the maximum compensation possible for injuries. Contact Thomas McWeeny a Virginia personal injury lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.