PENNSYLVANIA – The family of a man who was tragically killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer will receive a $26.1 million settlement from the trucking company who owned the commercial truck, the truck driver, and several other entities. David Cook, who was riding in a vehicle driven by his daughter, Kathryn Sneeringer, was instantly killed when a tractor-trailer rear-ended Sneeringer’s 2004 Toyota Matrix in July 2010. Sneeringer and her husband, who was also riding in the vehicle at the time of the accident, survived the collision, however, both suffered catastrophic injuries, including head injuries, rib fractures, brain damage, internal organ injuries, contusions, and lacerations. The settlement is believed to be the largest personal injury settlement ever in Pennyslvania.
According to the wrongful death lawsuit, the driver of the tractor-trailer, Spencer Chapman, caused the tragic truck accident. The lawsuit alleged that Chapman was speeding and as a result of his excessive rate of speed, he was unable to control the truck and prevent the tractor-trailer from hitting Sneeringer’s vehicle. The lawsuit also alleged that Chapman fabricated a statement he told to police following the crash in which he claimed the sun’s glare had prevented him from seeing the stopped cars ahead of him (traffic was stopped because of road construction).
If your loved one was tragically killed in a preventable truck accident, please contact a Los Angeles truck accident attorney at Estey Bomberger. Truck accident litigation is complex and we have the resources and expertise needed to handle a claim involving commercial trucks. We also understand how devastating an unexpected loss is for surviving family members and are committed to helping grieving clients see justice served. For a free, confidential consultation, call our law firm at anytime of the day or night. We advance all funds and will not collect a fee until compensation has been recovered.