Jury awards more than $101M to man suing major trucking company involved in 2013 crash

UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An Upshur County jury has awarded more than $75 million to a man who sued a major trucking company that he said caused his 2013 crash.

The plaintiff, Joshua Patterson, filed a lawsuit against FTS International Manufacturing, as well as one of its former drivers, Bill Acker. Patterson filed the suit after Acker, who was driving a semi-truck at the time of the crash, rear-ended Patterson's pick-up truck.

Court filings showed that a drug test performed by FTS International found that Acker was under the influence of methamphetamines and marijuana at the time of the crash. 

Patterson's attorneys argued that both Acker and FTS International were negligent; Acker, for his actions leading up to the crash, and FTS, for not following protocol when it came to hiring and maintaining Acker's employment.

The jury returned a unanimous verdict Thursday afternoon, which found Bill Acker 70 percent liable for the crash, and FTS International 30 percent liable. After deliberating a second time, the jury reached the unanimous decision to award Patterson $75 million from FTS International and $50,000 from Acker. However, the ruling will likely be appealed.

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