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Albuquerque Truck Accident Attorney Discusses NM Wrongful Death Case Awarding $5.4 Million

Jury Awards $5,475,000 to Deceased Man's Family in NM Wrongful Death Case


After a five day trial, Albuquerque truck accident attorney Mark Caruso secured a $5.4 million jury verdict for the widow and children of deceased husband and father Martin Leon.  This wrongful death action resulted from a rear-end tractor-trailer accident between a FedEx tractor-trailer truck and a Puckett Transportation truck in November 2011.  Mr. Leon worked for FedEx and was killed when he was in the sleeper compartment of a company vehicle and the co-driver fell asleep at the wheel.  The FedEx truck collided with the back of a slower moving Puckett Transportation tractor-trailer on Interstate 40 near Grants in November 2011.


The lawsuit argued that FedEx and Puckett Transportation were negligent and violated several statutes.  Additionally, the lawsuit argued that FedEx failed to provide driver safety training to the co-driver and other of FedEx's drivers.  


Prior to trial, Puckett Transportation settled with Mr. Leon's estate for an undisclosed amount.  However, FedEx did not settle and the evidence at trial established the trucking industry standard is for trucking companies to provide regular driver safety training.  The result was a $5,475,000 jury verdict to Mr. Leon's estate.


To view the District Court's signed judgment, click the PDF provided here: Final Judgment (3).pdf


Albuquerque Wrong Death Cases

Mr. Leon's case was a tragic wrongful death case.  When a loved one is killed in a New Mexico truck accident, the family is entitled to commence a wrongful death action against those responsible.  A wrongful death lawsuit is filed on behalf of the surviving family members and dependents to compensate them for the loss of their loved one.  Even though no amount of money can make up for a family's loss, a wrongful death lawsuit can help take some of the financial burdens a family will feel after the loss of their loved one.


The result of the wrongful death can be due to negligent or intentional conduct.  Some common causes of wrongful death actions include the following:

  • Tractor trailer accidents;
  • Medical malpractice;
  • Car accidents;
  • Assault and battery;
  • Defective product/products liability;
  • Pedestrian hit by car;
  • Truck accidents;
  • Slip and fall accidents; and
  • Many other types of negligent and intentional acts.

In Mr. Leon's case against FedEx and Puckett Transportation, his wife was the plaintiff and commenced the action.  The lawsuit was also on behalf of Mr. Leon's three children.  The jury verdict will help provide support for Mr. Leon's family in his absence as they were financially dependent on his employment which ultimately caused his death.  

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a New Mexico trucking accident, call the experienced truck accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 384-6322.  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

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