Founding Partner, Timothy M. Whiting won a seven-figure bench trial verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit involving a truck accident. The fatal trucking accident occurred in Oklahoma and the firm filed suit in California. Mr. Whiting argued the case before Judge Donna Gunnell Garza in San Bernardino County, California, successfully obtaining a $3,000,000.00 verdict on behalf of his clients.
On December 18, 2008, the Defendant was driving a semi-truck in the eastbound direction on Interstate 40 in the city of Sayre, Oklahoma. The Plaintiff, Aleksander Nikolic, was driving a different semi-truck eastbound on the same Interstate 40 in the city of Sayre, Oklahoma. The Defendant lost control of his semi-truck, causing it to run into the median, roll over and subsequently block all eastbound lanes of traffic on Interstate 40. As a result of the Defendant’s vehicle blocking all eastbound lanes of traffic, the Plaintiff collided with the Defendant’s vehicle. The Plaintiff was killed instantly. He was survived by his wife and two adult children.
As a leading law firm in truck accident litigation, Whiting Law Group has extensive experience in protecting the rights of those injured or killed in truck crashes anywhere in the country. Litigation of trucking accidents presents unique challenges that involve more sophistication than most car accident cases. Successful trucking accident claims require specialized knowledge and a thorough understanding of the following:
- Complex matrix of regulations, laws, and trucking industry practices regarding driver fatigue, drug or alcohol testing, inspection and maintenance requirements, pre-hiring screening, and other safety issues
- Established schemes used by truck drivers and commercial carriers to distort or destroy evidence (e.g. maintaining two sets of driver logbooks)
- Use of on-board data recorders (“black boxes”) to establish unsafe driving practices or vehicle maintenance issues
- Analysis of driver logs, fuel receipts, GPS data, tire purchase invoices, electronic black box data, and other evidence to establish hours or service (HOS) violations and driver fatigue
The trucking industry and its insurance carriers often deploy emergency response teams to a crash site within minutes of a serious trucking accident. When our Chicago Trucking Accident Lawyers are retained, we can rely our own on-call accident investigation rapid response team. This allows us to promptly commence an investigation regarding the cause of a crash to balance the scales of justice.
Because our law firm has been representing trucking accident victims and their families for over a decade, we understand the need to follow-up prompt investigation with strategies that prevent the loss of critical evidence. Our Wisconsin Trucking Accident Attorneys routinely send a letter to trucking companies warning against engaging in the “spoliation” of evidence. This notice will threaten sanctions if the truck and on-board data recorder information are not maintained in their unaltered post-collision condition. If a recalcitrant commercial carrier indicates a willingness to disregard this warning, we might even file for a temporary restraining order to prevent alteration or destruction of important facts and data.
The firm has won numerous cases that were either settled or tried before a jury and resulted in millions of dollars in recovery for the firm’s clients over the past 15 years.
Whiting Law Group takes a personal interest in every case that comes into our office. If you are looking for an attorney that will give you undivided individual attention, commitment to excellence, and use every possible resource available to help you win your case, then Mr.Whiting and his team of accident and injury trial lawyers personally invite you to contact them for a free consultation toll free at 1-877-936-7200 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no fee unless we win your case.
The firm has also won numerous cases that were either settled or tried before a jury and resulted in millions of dollars in recovery for the firm’s clients over the past 15 years.