Steve Laird of Fort Worth, TX has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Melissa Hinkle. The lawsuit claims that the Texas state highway department and others negligently contributed to the wrongful death of Ms. Hinkle’s 13-year-old son, Casey Hinkle, and 63-year-old father, Gervious Dale Hinkle. Ms. Hinkle was also injured in the semi-truck accident and has received extensive medical treatments, according to the lawsuit. Even though her visible injuries are fading, the emotional damage she suffered from losing her only son and her father may never heal.
The accident took place on a stretch of Interstate 35, which was undergoing repairs six miles south of Gainesville. Mrs. Hinkle’s Ford Explorer was hit by a semi-truck as it entered the construction zone. The lawsuit claims that the repair work "created a traffic jam that backed up for miles" prior to the wreck.
Ms. Hinkle is suing five parties, including the driver of the truck, the company for which the driver worked, the company that had the contract to perform the construction work on the interstate bridge, and the Texas Department of Transportation. The lawsuit alleges that the construction company, KKM Construction, Inc., caused a traffic jam which backed up interstate traffic for miles at the time of the accident. Randy Crume, the driver of the truck, was driving too fast as he entered the construction area, causing him to crash into Hinkle’s SUV. Mr. Laird said:
"Ms. Hinkle is filing this lawsuit with the hope that it will bring change and prevent something like this tragedy from happening to another family. Every defendant in this case had a hand in these unnecessary deaths, and we intend to make sure they are held accountable. This has to stop before more innocent people are killed. What makes it so tragic is that it was preventable. The Texas Department of Transportation didn’t have an adequate safety traffic control plan in place which allowed for these accidents to happen.”
Trucking accidents cause thousands of catastrophic and devastating injuries and deaths each year, resulting in lawsuits which can often take an extended time to settle.
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But what if you are injured or disabled? What if you continue to miss work or have lost your job? What if you have mounting medical bills, mortgage payments, household bills, or even worse – funeral expenses? The financial strain not only seriously impacts your life, it also impacts your case. A financially desperate plaintiff is not in a favorable position regarding settlement negotiations; this person will often settle for too little, too soon. So, how do you survive – financially while you wait for a trial or a settlement?
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Attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Betrayal Series. Mark Bello is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.