Seeking Old-Fashioned Justice
Garrettson v. KLLM Trucking, Nashville, Tenn.
When a wonderful teenage girl died in an interstate highway collision with an 18-wheeler, her family’s heartbreak was compounded by a flawed police investigation that blamed her for the accident. Rose Walker brought suit on behalf of parents more interested in clearing their daughter’s name than money.
The trucker’s defense was simple: The young driver was the sole cause of the accident, just as the authorities had said. When a jury returned a verdict finding that the trucker was the sole cause and awarding punitive damages against the trucking company that put the dangerous driver on the open road, the family was rewarded in a way money could not address.
The defendants appealed, but the verdict was affirmed by 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.