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May 7, 2014

Woman awarded $4.1 million after 2011 wreck in Weatherford

Staff Report

A Dallas County jury last week found a trucking company grossly negligent in a 2011 crash near Weatherford that left a woman severely injured and awarded her $4.1 million. 

Forty-one-year-old Bobbie Bush, of Mississippi, was seriously injured the evening of Dec. 5, 2011, in a construction zone near Weatherford on Interstate 20 when her vehicle was struck from behind. Her two dogs, which were ejected, were killed, as well. 

Jurors found that the truck driver, who had two prior rear-end collisions, was grossly negligent, as well as his employer, Greenwood Motor Lines Inc., doing business as R&L Carriers, for failing to properly supervise and train the driver, according to a statement from law firm Ted B. Lyon and Associates.

The jury awarded Bush $1.2 million for Bush’s past and future medical expenses, $1 million for past and future medical impairment and $50,000 in punitive damages against R&L Carriers. 

“The outcome of this case is important to every citizen in the state of Texas not because of the amount of the verdict, but because R&L Carriers, one of wealthiest trucking companies in America, poured every ounce of money and energy into the case in an effort to confuse the jury and prevent Bobbie Bush from seeking justice,” an attorney representing Bush, Ron C. McCallum of Ted B. Lyon and Associates, said. “By the end of the trial, the truth won the day and no matter how big the company, we were willing to take the fight all the way to verdict.”

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