On August 5, 2018, a horrific car accident claimed the lives of Robert Parmer and his 10-year-old daughter Amberlyn Parmer, and injured his girlfriend Valerie Williams and his 14-year-old son. The accident occurred on Interstate 30 near Mount Pleasant, Texas, when the pickup truck they were traveling in crashed into the back of a parked 18-wheeler on the shoulder of the road. The impact was so severe that the roof of the pickup truck separated and the occupants were crushed and burned. According to ABTC, the family was on their way to New York for a vacation.
The surviving victims and the relatives of the deceased filed a lawsuit against the driver and the owner of the 18-wheeler, alleging negligence and wrongful death. The plaintiffs claimed that the 18-wheeler was illegally parked on the shoulder without proper warning signs, and that the driver failed to keep a proper lookout and avoid the collision. The lawsuit also sought compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and punitive damages. The lawsuit was filed in Tarrant County, Texas, in November 2018.
After a lengthy legal battle, the parties reached a settlement in October 2021. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but it was reported that the plaintiffs received a substantial amount of money to cover their damages and losses. The settlement also included an agreement that the defendants would implement safety measures to prevent similar accidents in the future, such as installing rear-facing cameras and sensors on their trucks, and providing training and supervision for their drivers. The settlement was approved by the court and the case was dismissed with prejudice.
The settlement was a significant victory for the plaintiffs, who had suffered immensely from the tragic accident. The settlement not only provided them with financial relief, but also with a sense of closure and justice. The settlement also sent a message to the trucking industry that they have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their vehicles and drivers, and that they will be held accountable for their negligence and misconduct. The settlement could also inspire other victims of similar accidents to pursue their legal rights and seek compensation for their injuries and losses.