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Jury finds no negligence on behalf of defendant trucking company.

National Freight, Inc.
March 27, 2012

No fault judgment.

On March 27, 2012, a Harris County jury found no negligence on the part of the defendant tractor trailer driver or the defendant trucking company in a severe automobile accident. Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool served as defendant counsel for both the driver and the trucking company.

The facts.

The plaintiff was a front seat passenger in a vehicle operated by his wife. The vehicle was struck in the left rear panel by a tractor trailer driven by the defendant driver and owned by the defendant trucking company. After the collision, the plaintiff's vehicle spun around, was struck again by the defendants' vehicle, and was pushed into oncoming traffic, where it was struck again by the vehicle of a non-party. The plaintiff alleged negligence on behalf of the driver and negligent hiring, training and supervision on the part of the company.

The winning arguments.

At trial, defendant counsel denied all allegations of negligence and argued that the actions of the plaintiff's driver had been the cause of the collision. The jury returned a verdict of no negligence on behalf of the driver and the trucking company.

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