In Waxahachie, Texas, Ellis County Jury has granted two men $1.5 million dollars in compensation for injuries they received in an 18-wheeler accident two years ago. An 18-wheeler veered in the lane of Ronny Martinez and Kenneth O’Neal. When the 18-wheeler collided with the men’s car, the car rolled several times, causing Martinez to suffer from a fractured vertebra and O’Neal to suffer knee problems, resulting in several reconstruction surgeries.
That was not all for O’Neal. He also experienced brain trauma and an injury to his collarbone. Martinez and O’Neal filed a personal injury lawsuit against Indianapolis, Indiana-based Celadon Trucking Services Inc, the company responsible for hiring the truck driver, Micheal Wade. The claim stated the company was negligent in hiring Wade and that Wade was careless because he caused the accident.
According to Market Watch, “The jury award includes $750,000 for medical bills and another $750,000 for other actual damages such as pain and suffering, physical impairment and disfigurement.” The trial took place at Judge Gene Knize’s 40th Judicial District Court in Waxahachie, and the award of $1.5 million was announced on October 1, 2008.