Family burned in Arkansas trucking accident

Location: Prairie County, Arkansas

Plaintiff: Mark Rogers
Defendant: U.S. Xpress, Inc.
Amount: $10.3 million verdict, plus multiple other confidential settlements
Alleged Injuries: Direct negligence and vicarious liability, loss of consortium and negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress after three of four members of a family suffered severe burns in a tractor-trailer accident

Description: Mark Rogers and his family were traveling through Arkansas while on vacation when their car was corralled by several tractor-trailers just outside Biscoe. One of the rigs ignited, and the fire spread, setting Rogers’ car on fire. His was the only door that would open, so the 34-year-old escaped and kicked in the windshield to rescue his wife, daughter and son. In total, six tractor-trailers were involved in the catastrophic accident that left three of the four Rogers family members severely burned. Mark Rogers suffered full thickness burns to more than 60 percent of his body, respiratory insufficiency, pancreatitis and acute renal failure and had to undergo multiple surgeries. 

Three of the tractor trailer drivers involved in the accident were cited for careless driving. They failed to stop for slowed traffic and caused the multi-vehicle collision that trapped the Rogers’ family car. All of the truck drivers violated Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, including §392.14 requiring extreme caution and reduced speed when hazardous conditions exist. Wilkes & McHugh represented the Rogers family and took the case to trial, securing a verdict that would help cover the costs of their ongoing care.  

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