$37.9M Verdict to Family of Driver Killed in Crash on Icy Highway

January 9th, 2017

Icy Car Crash

By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq.


The family of a 42-year-old Texas man has been awarded a $37.9 million verdict after he was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer that was stuck on an icy road in February 2015.

The crash occurred about 6 a.m. on Feb. 28, 2015, when a Chevy Astro minivan being driven by Manuel Galindo of Fredricksburg, Texas, slid into a tractor-trailer that was blocking State Highway 29 after it had gone out of control on the icy roadway, according to a July 20 story by The Dallas News.

The tractor-trailer, which was owned by O’Reilly Auto Parts and was being driven by David Shoots of DeSoto, Texas, had hit a guardrail after sliding on the ice and came to a stop blocking the roadway, the story reported. Galindo’s minivan came upon the stuck tractor-trailer under conditions of low visibility and crashed into it, the story said. Galindo died at the scene.

An attorney for Galindo’s family said the truck driver “was on his cellphone at the time of the crash and never placed reflective cones in front of the 18-wheeler” after the truck slid and blocked the highway, according to the story. The plaintiff’s attorney also noted that the truck driver had three previous work-related incidents in the three years before the fatal crash, including one involving O’Reilly property and two on-road crashes, the story reported. “He also received two speeding tickets and a ‘How’s My Driving?’ complaint, and was involved in a rear-end collision in his personal vehicle,” the story continued.

The auto parts company should have removed the truck driver from his driving duties previously because of his driving record, the plaintiff’s attorney said in a statement.

About 40 percent of the responsibility for Galindo’s death was given to the truck driver by the Dallas County jury, while 60 percent of the responsibility was given to O’Reilly Auto Parts, the report continued. Galindo’s widow, two teenage daughters and mother were awarded the $37.9 million verdict.

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