Jury awards $281 million to family of man killed in Texas fracking truck accident

by Michael Heygood

Last month, Heckmann Water Resources, a company working in the Eagle Ford Shale, was ordered to pay $281 million by a Dimmit County, Texas jury in a wrongful death case in Carrizo Springs, Texas.  The jury awarded the verdict to the family of Carlos Aguilar, who was killed in a trucking accident in May 2012 on FM 133 in Dimmit County. A drive shaft broke off a truck owned by Heckmann Water Resources and struck Aguilar, who was a passenger in a pick-up truck behind the Heckmann tractor-trailer.

According to the lawsuit, the drive-shaft of the tractor-trailer broke off from under the truck and went right through the windshield of the pick-up Aguilar was a passenger in and struck Aguilar, killing him. The lawsuit alleged that Heckmann Water Resources was negligent for failing to properly maintain the tractor-trailer.

The record-breaking verdict includes a $100 million punitive damages award against Heckmann Water Resources. Heckmann Water Resources is owned by Nuverra Environmental Solutions.  The company reportedly plans to appeal the verdict.

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by Michael Heygood

Michael Heygood is a licensed attorney and partner at HO&P who focuses on insurance and corporate litigation, and other civil arenas. Michael has been named multiple times to the Super Lawyers List.