Court Affirms $178M Verdict Against Fedex By Texas Attorney Jim Scherr

SANTA FE, N.M. , Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --  (Academy Of Truck Accident Attorneys) -- The New Mexico Court of Appeal has upheld a record $178 Million verdict against Fedex (NYSE:FDX) following a 2011 crash that killed a 22 year old mother and wife and her four year old daughter. The case was in the New Mexico Court of Appeals, Case No. A-1-CA-35001. The wreck critically injured the woman's 19 month old baby boy.

Attorneys Jim Scherr and Sam Legate of Scherr Legate in El Paso, Texas, represent the surviving boy and his father.

"To date," said Scherr, "almost seven years later, Fedex has not paid a thing nor apologized to the father and son whose lives and family it changed forever."

The fatal crash occurred in June of 2011 on Interstate 10 west of Las Cruces after midnight. A Fedex 22-wheel piggy-back tractor trailer was cruising at 62 miles per hour and took no evasive action to avoid the victims' disabled small pickup truck with flashing hazard and brake lights illuminated. The Fedex driver ignored another truck which had parked in the median -- with flashing lights -- to warn oncoming traffic.

The trial exposed Fedex's unsafe trucking business model and the open secret that Fedex, which promotes a fleet of more than 30,000 trucks and 50,000 drivers, claims to have no employees -- only "owner operators."  Attorneys Scherr and Legate proved that as a licensed US DOT Motor Carrier, Fedex IS responsible for its workers, yet has no safety training program for the drivers and that the company does nothing to determine if the drivers are fit to drive the dangerous, overnight shift.

"Fedex's complete disregard for safety of the motoring public explains why the jury assigned it 65 percent of the fault for this collision," said Sam Legate.

The successful outcome is representative of the quality of representation by the attorney members of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, co-founded by attorneys Joe Fried and Michael Leizerman.

"We founded ATAA so that lawyers who care about trucking safety could share information and collaborate on cases to expose dangerous conduct and gamesmanship," said Fried. "ATAA has the top truck crash lawyers in the country, committed to helping each other achieve the best results possible in serious truck crash cases," added Leizerman.

About Scherr Legate: Scherr Legate is a leading Plaintiff's firm in El Paso, Texas. Media Contact: 915-206-2828

About the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys: The ATAA is an independent association focused on the primary objectives of Education, Advocacy and Recognition for the nation's leading Truck Accident Attorneys. Media: 800-997-ATAA, www.academyoftruckaccidentattorneys.org.

 

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