Truck Accident Lawyers Recover Largest Verdict Ever Against R&L Carriers
On December 6, 2011, one of R&L Carrier’s semi-truck drivers rear-ended our client while she was traveling on I-20, just outside of Weatherford, Texas.
The severe impact from the 18-wheeler caused her vehicle to roll over, ultimately resulting in injury to both her head and lower back.
R&L, the largest private trucking company in the US, denied responsibility, offered less than $150,000 to settle the case, and hired a team of over 15 experts—including neuropsychologists, neurologists, orthopedists, and accident reconstructionists—to fight our client and force her to settle the case.
R&L and its experts claimed that the wreck was a “side-swipe,” rather than a rear-ender as our client claimed, that our client’s injuries were minor, and that our client would have gone to the emergency room from the scene of the collision is she was truly as injured as she claimed.
Ryan Zehl and Kevin Haynes refused the settlement offer and, after a 5-week trial, received a $4.2 Million verdict against R&L Carriers and the driver.
The jury, motivated by R&L’s reckless decision to allow the 18 wheeler driver to continue driving after 2 previous rear-end accidents, awarded punitive damages against R&L for its gross negligence in failing to properly supervise and train its driver.
The verdict is the #1 Largest Verdict ever awarded against R&L, making Zehl & Associates one of the only law firms in the United States to recover both punitive damages and the largest verdict in a company’s history in three, back to back trials.
Less than 2 years earlier, Ryan Zehl and Kevin Haynes recovered over $18 million against Greyhound Bus Company on behalf of a passenger who suffered a low back injury when the bus she was riding on rolled over on icy roads. Our Greyhound verdict was also the #1 Largest Accident Verdict in the State of Texas in 2012, and remains the Largest Verdict ever awarded against Greyhound to date.
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