After turning right onto a northbound roadway, Victoria Waits Cofer’s vehicle was struck on the driver’s side by a fully loaded tractor-trailer that had just changed lanes.
Cofer, 56, suffered a brain bleed, abdominal injuries and multiple fractures. She died approximately 2½ months later. Cofer’s medical expenses totaled $500,000. She was survived by her husband and two adult children.
Cofer’s estate sued ABF Freight Systems Inc., which owned the tractor-trailer, alleging that the truck’s driver made an ill-timed and unsafe lane change, was speeding and chose not to keep a proper lookout or yield the right-of-way. There was no claim for lost income in this lawsuit.