Trucker awarded $1.6M for trauma

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  1. Trucking in Tennessee

    Trucking in Tennessee Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2018

    A truck driver “broken” after a fatal collision with a drunk driver has been awarded $1.6 million in damages by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

    The crash occurred over five years ago on August 5th, 2015 northwest of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. The ruling was decided on December 31st, and announced on January 5th.

    According to Truck News, Trucker Alan Whitney Kempton was operating his rig along Ness Lake Road when 19-year-old William Ross Struke crossed the center lane and struck Kempton’s rig head-on, crushing Struke’s car “like an accordion” and killing him instantly.
    Although Kempton suffered only minor bruises in the crash, he was deeply affected emotionally and psychologically after the event, affecting every aspect of his life. He attempted to remain in his position as a truck driver for 10 more months following the incident, but was forced to quit due to “deep stress.” Kempton has since been deemed “competitively unemployable” by employment agencies and now lives in what is described as a “semi-hermit state” on a remote Nova Scotia peninsula.

    “It has rendered a vital, engaging, hard-working man into a broken and lethargic shell of his former self,” Justice David Crerar wrote.

    “The plaintiff had and continues to have recurring nightmares about the accident. Certain sounds, smells, images, or situations serve as triggers, bringing him back to the moment of the accident,” Crerar continued.

    “These recollections are often accompanied by an audio hallucination of bone hitting metal, although it is unlikely that he would have in fact heard this sound in the accident.”

    “At times he experienced flashbacks to the accident. He sometimes would freeze or ‘black out’ while driving his truck; when he regained focus, his knuckles were strained from gripping the wheel. At times he vomited. Several times, he had panic attacks, and drove his personal vehicle off the road.”
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  3. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

    Aug 27, 2017
    That's some serious PTSD. I hate it for the guy.
  4. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    Man thats just horrible. I could only imagine what that would be like and what hes going thru. Hope he can get the help he needs to heal his mind.
  5. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

    Nov 11, 2008
    Sorrento Maine
    About time a trucker was awarded damages for the idiot 4 wheelers
  6. tnpete

    tnpete Medium Load Member

    Jun 25, 2013
    Old man I grew up near. He had a lady run into his school bus. Guy walked the mile home after the cops were done. Never to drive again.
    The lady was drunk, and it killed her and a 9 month old kid in her car. Sad part that man took his own life 3 years later.
    JoeyJunk, Bud A. and D.Tibbitt Thank this.
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