A trucker who was injured after falling asleep behind the wheel on I-59 in Alabama after getting little rest was awarded $80 million by a Texas jury. Lauro Lozano’s negligence lawsuit against his employer claimed his boss made him fudge his log book to make it look like he rested for the federally required 34 hours, according to Hidalgo County court records.
In actuality, Lozano had just finished a long route when his boss asked him to begin another shipment from Texas to Maryland in May 2015. Along the way, Lozano became tired on I-59 and fell asleep when he struck another tractor-trailer. Lozano sustained “severe debilitating injuries,” according to the suit, including a traumatic brain injury, crushed pelvis, crushed left foot and broken ribs.