Trucking Company Settles Drowsy Driving Claim for $9 Million
A trucking company has agreed to a $9 million settlement over claims that its driver was using his cell phone, then fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into another vehicle. The tractor-trailer accident occurred in August 2015 in New Jersey. Deanne Crews was driving down a township road when the driver of the tractor-trailer, David Cole, veered into oncoming traffic. He struck Crews’ vehicle head-on.
Driver Suffers Traumatic Brain Injury
Crews, 44 at the time of the accident, suffered a traumatic brain injury, as well as fractures to her foot and arm. She was hospitalized for a month for her injuries. She also had to be hospitalized again after undergoing surgeries to remove hardware in her wrist and foot. According to the pretrial memo, Crews’ injuries caused her to move in with her mother and grandmother, who help her with daily activities. She can no longer perform her job as a phlebotomist.
Truck Driver Was Drowsy and Distracted
The accident reconstruction expert who was set to testify for the case stated that Crews was operating her vehicle safely at the time of the crash. The memo states that Cole, 71 at the time, had been talking on his cell phone moments before the accident. He then fell asleep, which caused him to swerve into oncoming traffic. Additionally, Cole was on medication for high blood pressure and diabetes.
The trucking company, Advanced Drainage Systems, did not dispute that their driver caused the accident. They did, however, challenge Crews’ brain injury diagnosis, contending that she would be able to return to work. In the end, the company agreed to the $9 million settlement for Crews’ injuries.
“This driver was in clear violation of traffic laws and trucking regulations when this crash occurred. This behavior puts innocent lives in jeopardy,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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