A Texas jury has sided with Dallas-based trucking company FFE Transportation Services Inc. in a recent lawsuit, rejecting a $3.5 million dollar claim filed by the City of Saint Jo. The City of Saint Jo was suing the company in district court following a collision between one of FFE Transportation’s trucks and a Saint Jo emergency vehicle, that occurred nearly four years ago.
Jurors determined that FFE Transportation was not at fault in the automobile accident that took place in May of 2010. The city argued that the accident, a collision between a company rig and police car driven by former Saint Jo police officer Billy Reynolds, was caused by the truck driver’s failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. However, jurors took only five minutes to issue their take-nothing verdict, in favor of the FFE Transportation driver.
Bill Chamblee and H.Peyton Inge IV, both attorneys for Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw, and Anderson, P.C., were able to successfully defend FFE Transportation throughout the six day trial. Chamblee seemed pleased with the result, not only due to the fact that he won the case, but also due to the larger implications the verdict may have.
“This decision is important because it demonstrates that drivers of municipal emergency vehicles must use a measure of care when they’re on public roadways at all times, even when they’re responding to calls,” Mr. Chamblee explained. “Instead of settling the lawsuit, our client fought for justice, and that decision paid off big for them.”
The verdict definitely brings up many questions with regards to roadway safety and sharing the road. When it comes to situations like the one described above, who should be held responsible? Do you agree with the jury’s verdict? Let us know in the comments below!
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