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Nabors Well Services v. Romero
Supreme Court of Texas
456 S.W.3d 553 (2015)
A vehicle driven by Martin Soto got into an accident with a truck owned and operated by Nabors Well Services (defendant). Aydee Romero, a passenger in Soto’s vehicle, was killed. The seven other passengers in Soto’s vehicle were injured. The Soto and Romero families (plaintiffs) brought a negligence suit against Nabors. Nabors sought to introduce an expert witness’s testimony that seven of the eight occupants of Soto’s vehicle were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. The trial court ruled that this seat belt evidence was inadmissible. The jury found Nabors 51 percent at fault for the accident and awarded $2.3 million in damages. The court of appeals affirmed. Nabors petitioned for review, which the Supreme Court of Texas granted on the admissibility question.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brown, J.)
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