Huge Award In Negligence Case For Slain Fire Captain

A family in Houston is relieved after a jury awarded them $39 million over a death that happened due to a major landscaper’s negligence. The Houston Chronicle reported on the story.

According to the suit, Mark Braswell, a fire department captain, was riding his bike along North Bridgeland Lake Parkway. He was following a landscaping truck. The truck stopped suddenly in the road to do some work. A crew left the truck to retrieve equipment from a trailer they were hauling. It was this trailer that Braswell crashed into. He died from his injuries.

Instead of pulling off onto a side street or putting up warning equipment, they dangerously stopped in the middle of the road and expected everyone to dodge them. The landscaping company, one of the largest in the nation, is planning on appealing the verdict.

Let this be a lesson to those who work in a profession that may require them to stop in the road. You have to let other drivers know what you’re about to do. Otherwise, you’re putting your life and the lives of others at great risk.

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