What Is Your Life Worth? The Texas Legislature Says At Most, $250,000
What is your life worth? The Texas Legislature says at most, $250,000 when the state of Texas is responsible for killing you or your loved one. Is that enough to care for your family, should you die unexpectedly? Our lawmakers seem to think so. We don’t. Your signature can help change that.
Cresha Leanne Greer was a loving mother, devoted daughter, and caring aunt. She was killed on Dec. 18, 2014 when the driver of a TXDOT vehicle recklessly crossed the highway center line crashing head-on into her vehicle leaving behind a 12-year-old son, Brendan. Greer also took care of her 2 year old nephew, David Grimes. During a Sept. 18th hearing, the Texas Department of Transportation was ordered to pay the legally maximum amount of $250,000 to the family. Michael Moore, 29th Judicial Court Judge, approved the maximum award amount along with $80,000 settlements from Greer’s own insurance companies.
I’m sorry, but $250,000 just doesn’t go very far these days when a loved one has been wrongfully killed..."
Jason Stephens, a partner at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, represented Ms. Greer’s family, refusing to take a fee for his firm’s services, as he recognized the importance of providing for Brendan, Cresha’s son.
Stephens says the resolution of this case highlights the need for a major change in these cap limits.
“These damage caps have been on the books for decades and they are simply unfair and unjust to Texas families,” Stephens said. “I’m sorry, but $250,000 just doesn’t go very far these days when a loved one has been wrongfully killed. There are medical bills and funeral bills to pay, then there’s the huge financial loss of your loved one’s earnings, not to mention the pain and agony of having your loved one wrongfully and unexpectedly killed because of the State’s negligence. Our state legislators need to eliminate or at least raise these damage caps to reflect the real loss that today’s Texas families, like Cresha’s family, have suffered. Our law makers can do better than this, and they need to know ‘We The People’ demand better.”
Despite the successful conclusion of this case, two young boys will be left without the security and love Cresha provided. Help us change that for other Texas families who suffer from the unexpected loss of a loved one.
Please sign our petition by completing the form on this page.