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U.S. 13 Wrongful Death Truck Lawsuit Results in $2.05 Million Settlement

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U.S. 13 Wrongful Death Truck Lawsuit Results in $2.05 Million Settlement

The U.S. 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia has seen a spate of tragic wrecks involving tractor trailers. Recently, a U.S. 13 wrongful death truck lawsuit resulted in a $2.05 million settlement.

The litigation was brought in the wake of a crash three years ago on U.S. 13 close to the intersection of Eyreville Drive in Northampton County, reported the Virginian-Pilot.

An off-duty sheriff’s deputy was driving a tractor when he was rear-ended by a semi hauling a 53-foot Perdue trailer, the Pilot reported.

A lawsuit was filed by attorney Michael Kernbach of Manassas in northern Virginia. The Pilot report noted the family of the deceased sheriff’s deputy will receive $2.05 million from the U.S. 13 wrongful death truck lawsuit.

U.S. 13 Wrongful Death Truck Lawsuit

U.S. 13 sees many serious truck crashes

Earl Baynor Jr. Trucking, the company that owns the big rig agreed to pay $1,05 million and Perdue will pay $1 million. The lawsuit originally sought $25 million in damages, the Pilot noted.

Perdue hired Baylor Trucking to transport chicken from its processing plant in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

The lawsuit alleged the trucking company had a poor record for safety. It cited repeated falsification of documents and alluded to drivers allegedly in possession of alcohol, positive tests for cocaine and wrecks in daylight conditions, the Pilot reported.

The trucker who caused the fatal accident pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving for following too closely in January 2015. He served four days in jail and was ordered to pay $731 in fines and court costs.

Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased. Big rigs pose a serious danger on U.S. 13, the main highway dissecting the Eastern Shore.

U.S. 13 Wrongful Death Truck Lawsuit and Fatal Big Rig Crashes on the Eastern Shore

Far too many serious crashes involving tractor trailers occur on U.S. 13 on the Eastern Shore.

Last year, four people died when the SUV they were traveling in was struck by a semi-truck on the Eastern Shore.

Two elderly couples from Chesterfield County lost their lives on Route 13. Virginia State Police said a Hyundai Santa Fe was heading east on Capeville Drive when it pulled across Route 13 and was struck by oncoming semi-truck.

U.S. 13 is dangerous because slow moving traffic is often pulling onto this big highway from small rural roads.

If you have lost a loved one in a tractor-trailer crash on the Eastern Shore or elsewhere in Virginia please contact our experienced trucking accident injury lawyers.

Mike Snellings



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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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