The Ammons Law Firm has successfully negotiated the settlement of a case involving a completely preventable traffic collision in which a 19-year-old girl was killed.
The crash that took the girl’s life occurred when the sedan in which she was the belted front-seat passenger was struck from the rear at highway speeds by a UPS truck referred to as a “package car.” The sedan had become disabled due to a tire failure, causing the vehicle’s speed to slow. The UPS truck hit the sedan with such severe force that its rear was crushed into the front seat occupant compartment. Both the passenger and the driver of the sedan were killed instantly, and the car then burst into flames. The victims were burned beyond recognition and had to be identified through DNA analysis.
In the causes of action brought on behalf of the girl’s surviving mother by Mr. Ammons, it was alleged that the UPS driver was negligent and caused the collision. Because the driver was on the job at the time of the collision, UPS is legally responsible for his negligence. Ammons claimed the UPS driver failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to maintain an adequate following distance during his reckless and aggressive operation of the UPS package car. A scene witness signed an affidavit stating that just before the UPS crashed into the sedan, it had been riding her bumper so closely that it made her uncomfortable and that as she looked at him in her review mirror, the driver appeared red-faced and angry.
It was also claimed in the lawsuit that UPS’s liability for the crash was not limited to the conduct of its driver. According to Ammons, the company did not adequately train or monitor its drivers. Additionally, whatever safety programs and rules it had in place were not properly enforced and proved inadequate in preventing serious and potentially fatal accidents.
UPS insisted that the amount of the settlement be kept confidential.
The Ammons Law Firm is located in Houston, Texas, and practices personal injury law, including cases involving: tire defects, oil rig explosions, truck accidents, plant explosions, refinery accidents, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, seatback defects, airbag defects, SUV rollovers and workplace negligence.