Wrongful-Death Award Benefits Widow, Children
Attorneys with Will Ferguson & Associates won a $2.5 million jury verdict on behalf of the family of a Carlsbad water hauler killed in a head-on crash with another water hauler.
The Jan. 24, 2014, jury verdict before Bernalillo County District Judge Clay Campbell came in a wrongful-death lawsuit on behalf of the wife and children of David Hugaboom, who died in the Jan. 27, 2011, crash on N.M. Hwy. 128.
Defendant in the case was SB Weed Control, an oilfield-services company owned by a prominent Carlsbad couple. The jury found that the company’s driver had crossed the centerline into Hugabaoom’s lane and was overwhelmingly responsible for the head-on crash.
Records produced during the 10-day trial revealed the company’s driver had worked 117 hours in seven days before the crash, and that the company had failed to keep accurate driver logs, as required by U.S. Department of Transportation regulations.
The case was tried by Will Ferguson & Associates attorneys Frank V. Balderrama and David M. Houliston. The jury determined that the plaintiff, who was found to have methamphetamines in his system at the time of his death, was 5 percent responsible for the crash. The crash occurred on the shoulder on the dead man’s side of the road.
“This case exposed the danger that drivers who are overworked in the oil and gas fields pose to the people who drive the roads around Carlsbad,” said Balderrama, a Carlsbad native.
Balderrama will be the lead attorney at a new Will Ferguson & Associates office at 706 N. Canal St, Carlsbad, NM, 88220. The telephone number is (575) 234-1111.
The Will Ferguson & Associates Law Firm, “AV” rated, or “pre-eminent in the specialized field of personal injury law by the national ratings firm Martindale Hubbell, represents people seriously injured by the negligence of others and the families of persons who die because of the negligence of others.
For more information, contact Will Ferguson & Associates, (505) 243-5566 or 1 (800) 251-5566. Will Ferguson & Associates maintains two offices in Albuquerque and an office in Carlsbad, N.M