Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman Truck Accident Media Excerpts
Jury Awards Morral Mom $7M in Son's Death
Wrongful death suit successful in crash involving
Tyson Foods truck near Crestline
CLEVELAND - The family of a Marion man killed in a 2004 motor vehicle accident was awarded over $7 million Tuesday in a wrongful death lawsuit.
After over two hours of deliberations, the jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland ordered a judgment of $7,028,687 to Morral resident Mary Brumfield for the death of her son, 22-year-old Daniel Brumfield.
". . . Reactions are always mixed. The tragedy is so enormous that it can't be washed out," said Ronald L.M. Goldman, an attorney representing the Brumfield family.
Goldman said he and the Brumfield family were pleased at the decision, which may be the largest amount of money awarded to a single, nondependent wrongful death suit in the state of Ohio.
"They are filled with gratitude that their losses were so valued by the jury," Goldman said. "This was not just another case and not just another life."
Tyson Foods Held Liable in Man's Crash Death
A federal jury ordered Tyson Foods to pay $7 million to an Ohio family whose son was killed in a crash caused by one of the company's truck drivers.
Daniel Brumfield was driving on U.S. 30 in Crawford County in May 2004 when the Tyson Foods truck tried to pass two cars on the two-lane road. The Tyson truck hit Brumfield's truck head-on, killing him.
Lawyers for Brumfield's family argued that Tyson was liable for his death because Friesen had a history of poor driving and speeding that the company ignored, according to court documents.
Mother Files Claim Over Childrens' Death on I-80 Grand Island, Nebraska
The mother of a brother and sister killed in an accident on Interstate 80 a year ago has filed a claim against Hall County.
[Our client] alleges in the claim that a cause of the fatal accident was poor construction signage and warnings at the scene, [according to] her attorney, J. Clark Aristei of Los Angeles.
. . . The siblings were in a 1998 Honda Civic . . . which struck a stopped vehicle on the interstate before being run over from behind by a fully loaded milk tanker truck.
. . . The truck's driver . . . was charged in the deaths and faced . . . trial.
Plaintiffs File At Least Three Lawsuits in Kern County So Far; State, J&R Farms Among Targets
. . . On March 27 . . ., a big-rig on Highway 99 slammed into a prison van used by an inmate road cleanup crew, killing [our client's brother] and injuring a guard and nine other inmates.
Now, one year later, the court system has only begun to deal with how to assign blame for the crash.
A jury convicted the big-rig driver . . .
. . . The suit filed by relatives of [the victim] discusses the substance abuse issue but does not allege [the big-rig driver] was under the influence during the crash. But the issue could be relevant to possible negligence by J&R Farms, which is also named in the suit, said . . . family attorney Robert Foss. He said companies generally are held responsible for their workers' negligence, adding attorneys will further investigate company actions."
Tracy Truck Crash Spurs Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A Salida woman whose husband died in a Tracy traffic collision filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against a Wisconsin trucking company.
[The victim's wife] is represented by Baum Hedlund, a national commercial transportation accident law firm.
[The victim] was driving a pickup on Mountain House Parkway
. . . when he crashed into a tractor-trailer making a U-turn in front of him . . .
"He did something that's clearly against the rules of the road, something that is so obviously dangerous to people on a highway," a Baum Hedlund attorney, said Tuesday."
Couple Hurt on Turnpike Sues Ohio Trucking Firm
A Maryland couple filed suit Thursday in Westmoreland County Court against an Ohio trucking firm and one of its drivers in connection with a three-vehicle accident in 2002 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the Donegal interchange.
. . . the Washington, D.C. law firm of Baum Hedlund, which is representing the [victims] . . . contends [in their] suit that [the truck driver] was driving carelessly, recklessly and at an excessive speed when the accident occurred.
"The force of the truck. . .pushed the [victims'] vehicle forward into the vehicle immediately in front of it . . ., the complaint said.
Family Sues Caltrans for Freeway Death
. . .A 15-foot-high fiberglass tank, weighing several tons, rolled off a tractor-trailer onto the freeway after it clipped a 14-foot, 9-inch overpass, then crashed into [our clients' son's] sport's car.
. . .According to the complaint, the state agency, which is responsible for issuing permits for oversized loads, "negligently measured the height of the overpass, negligently inspected the overpass, negligently approved a 15-foot load to pass under the marked 14-foot, 9-inch La Palma overpass. . .
. . . "Caltrans is an agency that operates by tombstone," said [a] partner partner of Los Angeles' Baum, Hedlund. . . who is handling the case. "Nothing happens there until someone gets killed, even though it had ample warning of the problem."