The award was made by TopVerdict.com, which recognizes the U.S. law firms and attorneys who obtain the highest jury verdicts every year. The service also named Roach’s verdict as the third-largest in Texas in 2021.
The truck accident lawsuit was filed by the family of East Texas resident Toni Combest, a 73-year-old great-grandmother who was killed in a collision with an oversize-cargo truck hauling a propeller for a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine.
The decision was rendered during one of the deadliest years for Texas motorists in recent memory. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the state’s highway deaths jumped more than 15 percent between 2020 and 2021, the biggest single-year increase in at least 17 years.
As the number of roadway fatalities rises, Roach faults Texas lawmakers for providing trucking companies with immunity from accident lawsuits.
“In 2021, the Texas Legislature passed a law protecting trucking companies from having to disclose evidence in accident lawsuits,” Roach said. “That same year, deaths on Texas highways skyrocketed. Our state laws should protect Texas drivers, not the profits of trucking companies.”
A founding partner of the Roach Law Firm, Roach has practiced law for over 30 years and handled the Lone Star Steel litigation, the Red River Army Depot litigation, the Freeport-McMoRan mining contamination class action, the DataTreasury patent litigation, and other huge cases.
The truck accident case was styled Ramsey, et al. v. Landstar Ranger, Inc., et al. in the 76th/276th District Court in Mount Pleasant, Texas.