10 Sep Estate of Jimmy Yates v. Blevins Inc.
MOBILE COUNTY SETTLEMENT OF $2,000,000
Mr. Jimmy Yates was killed in the parking lot of Blevins Mobile Home Supply when a warehouse worker operating a tractor trailer without a Commercial Driver License (CDL) attempted to maneuver a trailer through the parking lot and struck a parked pickup truck, pushing it into a parked trailer and pinning Mr. Yates in between the two. The defendant company contended that a CDL was not necessary when its employees moved trucks and/or trailers on its own property. However, Plaintiffs contended that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations did not support such a contention and Defendant was shown to have a substandard safety program relating to its trucking operations; its safety director had been promoted from the personnel department without adequate trucking training. In addition, the Defendants were shown to have an inadequate traffic system for trucks at its Mobile facility.