Jury awards $165M in a Semi-Truck crash

Figure 1: FedEx Semi Truck – Photo credit: houstonchronicle.com

Elizabeth Quintana was driving a semi-truck on I-10. She was hauling two FedEx trailers when she slammed into a pickup truck. Marialy Venegas Morga, then 22-years-old, and her 4-year-old daughter, Ylairam Morga, were killed. Marialy’s 1-year-old son, Yahir Morga, was critically injured. Alfredo Morga, Marialy’s husband, brought suit. After hearing his emotional testimony, the jury awarded his family $165 million as compensation for the wrongful deaths of his wife and child, as well as for emotional damage.

FedEx claimed that the $165 million total was the largest in state history and they appealed the ruling saying the verdict was excessive. The appellate court found that the settlement was not excessive. The state supreme court unanimously affirmed that decision. The court went on to explain that a new trial would be warranted if the jury’s award was excessive, but in this case, it was not.

When someone is injured or dies as a result of an accident, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life-changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the injured party’s right to recover.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-396-3964 or toll-free at 1-800-594-4884. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue a claim for such injuries or fatalities.