Trucker’s hasty turn causes Fatal Crash, Jury awards 10 Million

By: Margie Taylor
| Published 08/02/2022


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Wham & Rogers is proud to announce that their recent trial victory in San Jacinto County has been recognized as one of the Top Verdicts in the Southwest for 2021. Wham & Rogers represented the parents of a 21-year-old college student killed by a side underride collision with an owner operated 18-wheeler. Side underride crashes, which occur when a smaller vehicle crashes into the side of heavy truck, are among the deadliest types of collisions.

The jury awarded the parents $9 million dollars and awarded another $1 million to the decedent’s estate.
Ten million dollars was awarded to the parents for a non-economic wrongful death of an adult child in San Jacinto County.

“Our clients, Troy Chapla, and Kelly Maningas are thankful the jury’s verdict provided a measure of justice and recognized the value of their devastating loss”, said Mark Wham.

When irresponsible companies cause negligently devastating losses it is important to hold them accountable. Under Texas law, negligent parties owe their victims compensations for medical bills, loss of income and the ability to earn income, and also for the physical and emotion pain and trauma they inflict.

Wham & Rogers, PLLC is a family-based local firm with attorneys Mark Wham, Rene Rogers, and Ryan Wham in The Woodlands, Texas. Wham & Rogers values clients as if they were family. Legal action prevents further damage to others while demanding accountability. Wham & Rogers has a proven history of getting momentous results for clients and families. No matter how challenging the case may be, they have the tenacity and competence to get the results needed for justice.

Together they offer more than 60 years of joint legal experience aiding injured victims and bereaved families throughout the community. Mark Wham was board certified in personal injury in 1994 and rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell's Attorney Peer Rating review, the highest possible rating as to both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. He is one of the 1% of attorneys who is a Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Get a free consultation by calling (832) 592-1108, text (832) 413-1428 or go online to to learn more. “Wham & Rogers for the justice you deserve”

Comments •
Log In to Comment