Back in April 2015, a truck driver rear-ended a car full of nursing students on their way to the last day of their clinical rotation. According to news reports at the time, the truck driver was traveling in excess of 70 miles per hour at the time of the collision, and he failed to apply his brakes before slamming into the back of the students’ vehicle that was last in a long line of stopped traffic. In all, five students were killed in the crash, leaving just one survivor.
After the accident, the truck driver pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree vehicular homicide, receiving a sentence of five years in jail. Additionally, the families of the deceased students filed wrongful death cases against the driver and his employer, which have since all been settled out of court. However, the trucking company could not reach a settlement with the only surviving victim of the terrible accident.
According to a recent news report, a Georgia jury just awarded the lone survivor $15 million as compensation for her physical injuries as well as the emotional pain and suffering that she was put through as a result of the accident. The jury heard evidence that the woman not only incurred significant medical expenses as a result of the accident but also lives with the persistent anxiety, manifesting itself as frequent nightmares and an ever-present fear of dying.