Some Of The Case Results For Garcia de la Garza LLP
Victory For Survivors Of A Young Father Killed By Drunk Driver And The Bar That Served Him: $11,162,529
Kristopher Stow was a hero. He was the caring father of two. He was a loving, devoted husband to Erin. He was a loving, dutiful son to Katy. Kristopher made those around him laugh and smile. He was a ray of sunshine. He made this world a better place. But that all ended on the night of June 17, 2011. Kristopher was riding his motorcycle heading North on SH 36 near Caldwell, Texas with his daughter as they headed to meet family to celebrate her birthday. Hold this image in your mind.
Earlier that afternoon, Thomas Raymond Pennington got off of work as a meat cutter, went home, and immediately started drinking, having about 3 16oz beers. Then he picked up his dad and they went to the Longhorn Bar & Grill, where Pennington had another 8 to 10 beers. While he was at the Longhorn, he fell off a stool, but the bartenders "kept em coming". After Pennington and his dad left the Longhorn, they went to dad’s house, where Pennington smoked a joint and drank half a 24 oz. beer. Then he left and headed home, but he just couldn’t resist the urge to stop at a convenience store and get a six-pack for the road.
Pennington stood by the beer fridge about 10 minutes, trying to figure out what he could buy with the few bucks in his pocket. Finally, he decided on Bud Ice. He walked out to his old red Suburban, six-pack in hand. He got behind the wheel and drove southbound on SH 36.
Meanwhile, here come Kristopher and his daughter, traveling Northbound on SH 36. Pennington attempts to turn from southbound SH 36 onto FM 60, but he fails to yield. Kristopher tries to stop. The motorcycle tire marks the pavement before colliding with the Suburban. Kristopher is thrown underneath the Suburban and dies. His daughter is thrown to the side of the road, suffering minor injuries.
Jesus Garcia, Jr. and Mario E. de la Garza presented this tragedy, it all its devastating detail, to the jury. They presented the testimony of a toxicologist, who explained Pennington’s level of intoxication at the time of the tragedy. They got to know Kristopher through many powerful memories cherished by Erin and Katy and shared these with the jury, so that the jury would too know Kristopher. Garcia and de la Garza showed the jury how Kristopher’s death caused spiritual amputations to Erin, his widow, and Katy, his surviving mother.
The jury climbed the highest mountain and loudly declared justice for the whole world to hear: Pennington and the Longhorn were negligent and killed Kristopher, and they awarded Erin and Katy over $11 million. Pennington is in prison and the Longhorn is out of business.
A Moment Of Negligence Results In Two Deaths
Jesus Garcia and Mario de la Garza recently obtained justice for two families totaling millions of dollars. The victims, a young couple, were traveling in their car in hopes of enjoying a Friday night at the movies. Suddenly, the defendant, driving on the opposite side of the road, swerved and struck them head on, killing the young couple instantly. The families turned to Garcia and de la Garza. Mr. Garcia and Mr. de la Garza sued the driver and the owner of the vehicle and recently obtained justice for the families.**
**This is a recent result. No monies have been collected.
Trauma At The Track
A bright, young IT specialist was video recording a high performance driving exercise at a Houston-area track. Suddenly, a car lost control, spun, and collided with a "protective" concrete barrier. Debris went flying, striking the young man in the head, causing him a traumatic brain injury. Mario de la Garza and Jesus Garcia proved that the barrier had been negligently designed, placed, built, and maintained. What’s more, they proved that a significant portion of the barrier had been compromised in a prior collision. Yet the track operator failed to repair it and failed to warn about this danger. After a hard-fought battle with significant legal obstacles, including a purported waiver, signed by the young man, Mr. de la Garza and Mr. Garcia obtained justice for their client, reaching a favorable confidential settlement with the track operator.
Success For Victims Of Horrific Bus Rollover
Mario de la Garza and Jesus Garcia recently secured a favorable settlement for a Houston-area couple and their little boy who suffered severe injuries in a horrific bus rollover near Laredo, Texas. The family were riding in the bus on their way back from an Easter vacation in Mexico, when the driver failed to keep a proper look-out, saw that he was about to collide with the car ahead, and then turned to avoid the car, thereby losing control of the bus and causing it to rollover onto the side of the road. Because the bus had not been retrofitted with seatbelts, the passengers flew out of their seats and were thrown about, suffering severe injuries. Mario de la Garza and Jesus Garcia secured favorable confidential settlements not only against the bus company for the negligence of its driver but also against the distributor of the passenger bus, which was a defective product due its lack of seatbelts. While nothing will erase the horrible memories of this tragedy that this sweet family will live with for the rest of their lives, the substantial compensation that de la Garza and Garcia obtained for them has meaningfully changed their lives for the better.
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