Christopher P. Welsh of Welsh & Welsh served as plaintiff counsel in a recent Nebraska truck accident case (Basra v. Ecklund Logistics, Inc.) that rewarded the family of a deceased victim with a final verdict of $1.24 million after receiving a fault reduction from the full $2.25 million. Christopher co-counseled with Justin R. Kaufman and Rosalind B. Bienvenu of Sante Fe, New Mexico and Stephen J. Kelly of Santa Monica, CA.
The accident happened when Atinderpal “Gavan” Singh, commercial truck driver, was driving his tractor-trailer on Interstate 80 in Nebraska. A local grass fire was burning nearby when another trucker, a driver for Ecklund Logistics, Inc., slowed his rig to 5 mph in a 75-mph zone– where he was still several miles out from the fire. He drove at this speed for 5 to 10 minutes.
Singh approached the area and was unable to slow down behind the other truck in time. The cab of Singh’s truck hit the other trucker’s trailer and Singh’s truck exploded on impact. Singh sustained massive injuries and passed away at the scene of the crash.
Singh’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the trucker, claiming that the driver for Ecklund was driving far too slow for the highway. Upon investigation, the plaintiff lawyers discovered that the Ecklund trucker had been driving or on duty for more than 70 hours over the maximum allowable time for an eight-day period. The trucker had been falsifying his logbook. It was also discovered that he had been on his cell phone at the time of the accident, which is why his speed had drastically slowed.
To read the full article about the verdict in Trial magazine, please see here.