Family of Woman Killed by 18-Wheeler Awarded $730,000,000.00

A jury awarded $730,000,000.00 to the surviving family members of Toni Combest, a 73-year-old great-grandmother. Combest was killed on February 21, 2016, when a Landstar Ranger, Inc. cargo truck left its lane of traffic and hit her at approximately 65 miles per hour. The truck was hauling a 197,000-pound propeller for a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine. Combest died at the scene of the Incident.

Combest’s surviving family members sued Landstar Ranger, Inc., alleging that its negligence and gross negligence resulted in Combest’s wrongful death. The case was heard last week in the 276th District Court of Titus County. A jury awarded the family $480,000,000.00 for Landstar’s negligence and $250,000,000.00 as punitive damages for Landstar’s gross negligence.

Unfortunately, accidents like this are all too common. In 2020, Texas led the nation in fatal truck accidents with a total of 513 fatalities. Victims of these accidents and their families are entitled to justice and compensation for their catastrophic losses.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed under the same or similar circumstances, call the law firm of Abraham Watkins today. It is imperative that you find a law firm to manage your claim as soon as possible following an injury or death of a family member. Further, it is important to find a skilled and board-certified personal injury trial lawyer with experience handling these cases to ensure that the responsible parties are held fully accountable. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz, & Stogner is the longest-standing personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys are standing by to assist with your claim. Call us today at 713-396-3964 or 1-800-594-4884 for your free consultation.