Missouri Wrongful Death Tractor Trailer Auto Crash Settlement

A $1.5 million wrongful death settlement was reached in a wrongful death tractor trailer auto crash in May 2005, following a head-on collision caused by a tractor trailer, just weeks before trial.


Greg Mills, a 27 year old resident of Seneca, Missouri (Mo.), was killed in a head on collision in December 2003 when a car crossed the median after being rear-ended by a tractor trailer. The tractor trailer, driven by Anthony Loveland for Dampier and Daughters trucking company, was following traffic too closely through a construction zone. As Loveland approached an intersection with stopped traffic on the southbound side of the highway, he rear-ended a vehicle in front of him, pushing it into the northbound lane, causing the head on collision with Mills’ car.

Mills’ parents filed a wrongful death suit in January 2004 against Dampier and Daughters. Litigation over liability took place between the parties over the next year. On December 22, 2004, the trucking company admitted liability for its driver’s negligence six days before trial. The A.W. Smith Law Firm was able to secure a settlement to the tune of $1.5 million for the victim’s parents.

The tractor trailer’s insurance company paid $500,000 more than the insurance policy limits. The insurance company had failed to settle with the plaintiff’s in an earlier policy limits demand. This exposed the insurance company to a subsequent bad faith insurance claim.

The A.W. Smith Law Firm in Columbia handles tractor-trailer crashes all over the State of Missouri. If you have questions about how to choose a law firm that is equipped to handle your tractor-trailer case, please contact us today at 573-443-7300 or visit are website at www.awsmithlaw.com. The A.W. Smith Law Firm has recovered millions in settlments and verdicts in serious injury and wrongful death cases.