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Old December 7 2013, 08:47 PM   #46
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Re: This is my worst Thanksgiving..

^You're doing the right thing. The driver and the company that pays him need to be held responsible and prevented from endangering the public. I wish you the best of luck.
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Old December 7 2013, 08:49 PM   #47
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Alright, got back yesterday, was too physically and emotionally drained to get online last night..



XXXXXXX was driving a 1999 Ford F-250 with an oil pipe trailer attached to the back and was turning north into a private road, the spokeswoman said. As he was pulling in, he backed up, the trailer broke loose causing the trailer to block both lanes of Highway 176, the spokeswoman said.

At that time, Ryan Ladson Geddings was driving in a 2009 Ford Escape east on Highway 176 when he collided with the trailer, and then collided with two westbound vehicles, the spokeswoman said. Geddings, 24, of Andrews, was pronounced dead at the scene by Andrews Justice of the Peace Neri Flores, the spokeswoman said.
Geddings’ passenger, 21-year-old Erica Olson, was transported to Permian Region Medical Center with injuries not considered life-threatening, the spokeswoman said. Both Geddings and Olson were reported as wearing their seatbelts. No other injuries were reported.
This accident appears to be negligent in origin..basic safety equipment (chains, reflectors) on the trailer he hit were not used or even installed, the driver had a suspended license, and many more problems with the driver including multiple warrants..and the oil company who hired him has several violations of safety regulations on the books, therefore the District Attorney for Andrews County is to make a decision on weather to charge the driver with manslaughter and fine the company for negligence..

I'm in discussions with an attorney as to a civil course of action.

Believe me, I'm not sue happy..I just feel that the driver needs to be eliminated as a source of danger, and the company needs to be punished in a major way so that oil companies in the area will start to take safety equipment seriously


The funeral was the hardest thing I ever had to go through, but this probably wont end for years as the legal system can move slowly..


So that's how it is so far.. nothing good can or will come from this, but it has to be done..
Fingers crossed you're successful and the DA's prosecution results in a conviction so you can honour your son's memory by helping prevent another family going through what you're experienced.
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Old December 7 2013, 09:02 PM   #48
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My sincerest condolences.
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Old December 7 2013, 09:51 PM   #49
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^You're doing the right thing. The driver and the company that pays him need to be held responsible and prevented from endangering the public. I wish you the best of luck.
I've seen a company send out tractors with two trailers out in a winter storm with the roads closing. One more reason to oppose tort reform.

This company which I will not name is an LLC--a limited liability company. The actual company owner has the drivers instructed they do not work for his direct company--but for this shell company of a different name--the LLC itself.

It is a way to hide assets from lawsuits, to force poor people like you to sue nearly broke lawsuit shells--or the poor driver.

This makes us all less safe, in that with the LLC shield, the actual owner thinks he can get away with having cheapo equipment and substandard drivers they don't have to pay as much.

These LLCs put us all at risk.

The arguement has got to be that the very act of forming an LLC to get away with drunks driving junk is itself negligence.
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Old December 7 2013, 10:33 PM   #50
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^You're doing the right thing. The driver and the company that pays him need to be held responsible and prevented from endangering the public. I wish you the best of luck.
I've seen a company send out tractors with two trailers out in a winter storm with the roads closing. One more reason to oppose tort reform.

This company which I will not name is an LLC--a limited liability company. The actual company owner has the drivers instructed they do not work for his direct company--but for this shell company of a different name--the LLC itself.

It is a way to hide assets from lawsuits, to force poor people like you to sue nearly broke lawsuit shells--or the poor driver.

This makes us all less safe, in that with the LLC shield, the actual owner thinks he can get away with having cheapo equipment and substandard drivers they don't have to pay as much.

These LLCs put us all at risk.

The arguement has got to be that the very act of forming an LLC to get away with drunks driving junk is itself negligence.
Wouldn't call it neligence, more depraved indifference - they just don't care about the possible consequences of their actions and set out to avoid in culpability which adds an element of premeditation.
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Old December 8 2013, 11:43 AM   #51
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Lazy, ignorant, indifferent dirtbags-- and they cost innocent people their lives.

I'm in favor of taking every cent they've got and putting them behind bars for the rest of their lives.
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Old December 8 2013, 01:30 PM   #52
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Mant: hang in there, mate, you're in my thoughts.
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Old December 9 2013, 04:38 PM   #53
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Wow, just saw this. So sorry for your loss MANT!. I can't begin to imagine what you are going through.
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