Car Accident Attorney Gets $5M Settlement for Family of Woman Killed by HVAC Company Driver Who Was Driving Drunk
By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq. on January 31st, 2020
A car accident attorney has won a $5 million settlement for the daughters of an Idaho woman who was killed in 2017 when her car was struck by an HVAC truck that was being driven by an employee who was driving drunk.
The victim, Cheryl Miller, was driving her 2014 Nissan Maxima on U.S. 93 in Jerome County when her car was struck head-on by an HVAC truck being driven by then-employee, Larry Halbert, according to a Jan. 13 story by KTVB-TV 7 in Boise, Idaho. Halbert’s truck, which was owned by Advanced Heating and Cooling and its owners BSR Ventures, crossed the centerline of the highway before striking Miller’s car just before 7 p.m. that day.
Halbert was sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection with the crash, which occurred after he had been drinking in a bar that day, the story continued. His blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit, according to testimony at his trial. He pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence, while the judge also suspended his driver’s license for life.
“In the civil complaint, the Miller family’s attorneys argued the company ‘was aware of defendant Halbert’s drinking and driving and reckless conduct, and negligently and recklessly entrusted him with a company vehicle, knowing that the public would be endangered by his drinking and driving habits,’” the station reported. “According to the complaint, company leadership knew about Halbert’s previous DUI convictions, and other employees ‘complained and put defendants on notice.’”
Attorneys representing the family made the offer to settle the suit and the defendants agreed to the deal, the story reported. Miller’s family filed a lawsuit against the company and the driver in 2018 seeking damages for her death.
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