SOURCE: Zehl & Associates, PC

Zehl & Associates, PC

September 14, 2015 09:08 ET

$3.35 Million Recovered for Accident Victim Rear Ended by Distracted 18-Wheeler Driver

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - Sep 14, 2015) -  A 39-year-old San Antonio resident who was rear-ended by an Oakley Trucking 18-wheeler in a mid-morning crash on Loop 410 in Bexar County has resolved his pending claims against for the company for $3.35 million, according to his attorneys at Zehl & Associates, PC.

On Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2012, Thomas East was driving his pickup truck westbound on Interstate 410 in San Antonio, Texas when he was suddenly struck from behind by Oakley Trucking driver David Henefield. Mr. Henefield was dialing on his cell phone at the time of the crash, and had made eight calls and received one in the 15 minutes leading up to the crash. As a result of the collision, Mr. East's truck flipped off the roadway, causing him to suffer a mild traumatic brain injury as well as herniated disks in both his neck and back.

Zehl & Associates' attorneys Ryan Zehl and Kevin Haynes represented Mr. East in the case against Oakley and Mr. Henefield.

At mediation, Oakley Trucking refused to offer more than $1 million in settlement. Zehl rejected the offer and continued preparing the case for trial. Several days before jury selection, the company tripled its settlement offer to $3.35 million.

The settlement is the largest recorded recovery in Oakley's history, making this the fourth consecutive case in which the attorneys at Zehl & Associates have obtained the largest recovery in a company's corporate history. The case is Thomas East v. Oakley Trucking, Inc., et al., 2013-CI-03238 in the 73rd District Court of Bexar County, Texas.

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