Case: Estate of “Smith” v. Rockeries, Inc
Result: $2,940,000, plus fees and costs.
“Ms. Smith”, a 46-year-old woman, was driving home after going to a local store to pick up supplies for a weekend dinner with her husband. As she passed through an intersection, a dump truck trailer smashed into her car, causing fatal injuries.
Mr. Smith came home after work to find a note from a police officer on his front door. After learning of the tragedy, he was able to get to the hospital to say goodbye to his wife just prior to her death.
The trailer, loaded with rockery boulders, broke free from the dump truck because the driver hadn’t properly latched it. When the truck got to the top of a hill, the trailer broke free, traveled down a road and crashed into Ms. Smiths’ car.
The safety braking system should have locked the brakes on the trailer. But it hadn’t been properly maintained: the safety brakes failed.
The trucking company denied insurance coverage after the plaintiffs filed a claim. The defendants asked the court to dismiss the case. The court granted the defendants’ dismissal. The plaintiffs were forced to file an appeal. After a lengthy appeal process, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in favor of Mr. Smith.
Wrongful death lawyer Kevin Coluccio earned the Smith family the insurance policy limits, as well as fees and costs, providing the maximum recovery possible.