In 2016, a tractor trailer driver was traveling through Orangeburg, South Carolina in the early hours of the morning when he came over a hill and saw another 18-wheeler stopped in the roadway.
The driver hit his brakes but was unable to stop. He hit the other truck at about 25mph when it burst into flames.
The flames were so hot from gasoline that it melted the tanker and the road had to be repaved. Mr. Kenneth Avis, the driver, was killed in the flames.
Eagle Transport Corp., the trucking company of the at-fault driver, settled the lawsuit against them with Mr. Avis's widow, after allegations that their employee was high on drugs and he was not properly trained. They settled the case for $11 million although they did not admit fault.
The at-fault driver was not harmed and was charged with reckless homicide. After the accident, he did test positive for both amphetamine and methamphetamine.
This wrongful death case was senseless and caused by a company who did not properly train their employee and was under the influence of narcotics.
While no amount of money can bring Mr. Avis back, the wrongful death suit will help support his family in his absence.