Calvin Stovall, of Victoria said he is still recovering from the accident that left him with a head injury and has had numerous back surgeries. Stovall along with Armando and Maria Olachia and their children were injured last March when they were struck by a semi-truck.
The driver of the truck was traveling close to 70 mph when he rear ended Stovall’s truck at the intersection of U.S. 59 and Upper Mission Valley Road. The Olachia’s were also hit.
Close to three hours of the accident, the driver Johnny Raymond Rodriguez had a blood alcohol level of .71 and .065 according to a state trooper’s report. The legal limit in Texas is .08, but the legal limit for commercial truck drivers is .04.
It was later revealed that Rodriguez had been previously charged with several DWIs, but was hired by AW Trucking and Jet Maintenance who said his prior convictions did not show up in a background check.
“Who in the world would let somebody like that drive for you,” Wright, one of the attorneys representing the two families questioned told News Channel 5. “That’s disturbing. Anybody who places a heavy truck on the road — where it can come into contact with other folks — and is aware of the type of behavior and doesn’t monitor it strictly, they ought to be ashamed of themselves.”
Rodriguez, who was hauling gravel, had worked 97 hours in the eight days prior to the accident which far exceeds the 70 hour per 8 days limit imposed by the federal government. This is regulated by log books which trucking companies are required to keep for all driving routes.
If a trucking company violates the federal regulations they could be fine thousands of dollars. But Rodriguez was working for a smaller trucking company and they aren’t required to keep log books if the route is less than a hundred miles.
Attorneys for the victims are pleased with the outcome of their cases, but expressed outrage over the fact that Rodriguez still has a commercial driver’s and is allowed to drive even with his numerous DWI convictions. That means even more motorists are in danger because he is still allowed to drive.
AW Trucking and Jet Maintenance agreed to settle with the accident victims for $9.5 million. Stovall will receive $5.4 million throughout his lifetime and the Olachias will receive $4.1 million.
The individuals involved in this truck accident were fortunate to walk away with their live since truck accidents tend to be more deadly, but they are still struggling with their recovery.
When you have been injured in a truck accident, an experienced truck accident attorney will work tirelessly on your case to make certain you get the money you need to care for yourself and your family. The truck accident settlement you receive should not only cover your immediate medical costs, but your future ones as well.