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$889,647 Settlement in Wrongful Death Semi-Truck Accident

On a rainy Friday afternoon in Stockton, California, an employee of a small landscaping company was driving down I-5 at a high rate of speed. Behind his truck, he was trailing a large tree mulcher/wood chipper.

Suddenly, he lost control of the landscaping truck and the trailer began to swerve violently, fishtailing back and forth across the roadway. The landscaper smashed into the rear end of a nearby semi-truck, then both trucks went into a spin.

The innocent trucker’s out-of-control semi slammed into a metal barrier, then flipped over the guardrail, dropped off the elevated freeway, and landed on the roadway below. Tragically, the trucker suffered fatal head injuries and died on impact. The landscaper who caused the crash survived.

A Grieving Family Seeks Legal Assistance

The trucker’s family, most of whom lived in Mexico, mourned the loss of their beloved son and brother. They knew they needed expert California legal help to start a wrongful death claim against the landscaper.

The team at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers

This horrific case came with numerous complicating factors and challenges. The team at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers quickly discovered the landscaper was an unlicensed driver and the landscaping company had knowingly allowed him to drive without a license.

Plus, multiple claimants were requesting a portion of the $1 million insurance policy involved with the accident. There was also the challenge of working at a distance between California and Mexico, with potential language barriers.

The Sally Morin Team Steps in to Help

None of these challenges could slow down the team at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. At our office, we use a paperless system that makes distance irrelevant, and we have bilingual staff members who can easily do Spanish to English translations.

As for the multiple claims on the insurance policy, we tackled this issue head-on. We negotiated with the other claimants to ensure our client’s family would receive the maximum amount possible from the $1 million policy limit.

We Had To Make The Most Out Of It

You might be wondering what happened to the landscaping business that allowed their unlicensed driver to put everyone at risk on California’s roads. The company had such serious financial trouble in the wake of this situation that they made no financial contribution beyond their insurance company’s payment. We had to make the most out of it.

There’s never a happy ending to a wrongful death case, but our client’s family was grateful to be relieved of the legal burden during their time of sorrow. The family claimed $889,647 of the $1 million insurance policy and, after expenses, had $600,000 to keep in memory of their loved one.

Compassionate Legal Help After A Wrongful Death

After a severe crash that involves wrongful death, you deserve a chance for compensation that helps you move forward. You need California’s best wrongful death law team, Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers.

Our team is well-known for having an open and empathetic communication style, which is welcome during such a difficult time. We handle wrongful death cases with professionalism and compassion, so please contact us to seek the full and fair compensation you deserve.

We Handle Your Wrongful Death Claim So You Can Focus on Your Life

After a wrongful death, contact the attorneys at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. We handle many areas of the law, including semi-accidents and wrongful death cases. We believe you should be able to focus on moving forward while we handle the legal details.

We truly care about the people of California. Contact us today for a free online case evaluation.

Accident Client

If you’re looking for a trustworthy, dedicated personal injury law firm, look no further. Annie and her team from Sally Morin Law were literally the best thing to happen to me in one of my worst and unexpected hardships. After being struck by a vehicle while in the crosswalk, I had injuries that took some of my favorite activities away from me for awhile. The injuries I suffered, countless doctor visits, and work issues nearly drove me crazy. Looking into personal injury lawyers, no one had better reviews than Sally Morin Law. NOW I understand why, from the beginning to the end, I truly loved working with Annie. Annie expressed nothing but honest care and concern for me and my situation. She stood up for me, & worked extremely hard for me. Annie told me not to worry about anything but my recovery and she meant it! Annie and her team took care of EVERYTHING. She kept me updated on what was going on with my case, and answered any questions and concerns I had. Aside from the case, Annie, Carmen and everyone else at Sally Morin Law truly care about you. Which is very hard to find out there! I was afraid at first of who I would work with on my case, but they went above and beyond! Annie will truly go to bat for you! At the end of my case, I was very happy with my settlement, even more than I expected to receive thanks to Annie’s hard work! If you’re in need of a personal injury lawyer, DO NOT look any further! Annie and her team at Sally Morin are the best out there! They make you feel like close friends and I really wish I could give them 6 stars! Thank you again Annie & the Sally Morin Team!

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We Handle Your Personal Injury Accident Claim So You Can Focus on Your Life

After an accident, contact the attorneys at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. We handle many types of traffic injury claims. We believe you should be able to focus on recovering from your accident while we handle the legal details.

We truly care about the people of California. Contact us today for a
free online case evaluation.


It is essential to know your rights after a traffic accident so you can protect yourself and the value of your claim.
This guide will help you:

  • 1Know what to do when dealing with insurance claims, police reports and lawyers.
  • 2Avoid making mistakes that undermine the value of your claim
  • 3Put yourself in a position to get the best settlement possible