A civil jury found Werner Enterprises negligent in a 2014 crash in Texas that killed a child and left several others injured. The jury awarded nearly $90 million to the Houston, Texas family involved in the crash.
Jennifer Blake and her children were passengers in a Ford F350 on I-20 in Texas when the truck lost control on ice. The eastbound truck ended up in the westbound, left hand lane when it was struck by the Werner Truck.
Zachery Blake, 7, was killed in the crash. Blake’s 12-year-old daughter suffered a traumatic brain injury that left her a quadriplegic. Both Jennifer and her older son, Nathan, suffered extensive brain injuries.
Jennifer Blake claimed Werner’s student driver made a reckless decision to operate the truck in icy road conditions.
“This accident unquestionably had tragic results, and the thoughts and prayers of Werner Enterprises and its associates continue to go out to the Blake family. However, Werner Enterprises maintains that its drivers and the company did nothing wrong,” Werner Enterprises’ Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Nathan Meisgeier said in a statement Thursday. “The undisputed facts are that the plaintiffs were in a pickup that lost control on its side of a divided interstate, came through a grass median, and ran into the Werner truck.”
(attached picture in my story is random snow accident of 18 wheeler not this actual crash)
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