A judge has awarded more than $18 million to a couple after the husband was permanently disabled in a fatal truck accident. The accident occurred after the truck driver was reaching for his cell phone. The 53-year-old man was severely personally injured in the truck accident which killed three people and personally injured 14. The crash was caused by a 49-year-old who now faces involuntary manslaughter charges. Prosecutors claim that the truck driver got distracted while reaching for a cell phone and that he was in violation of truck driving regulations because he drove longer than the maximum hours allowed over an eight-day period. As a result of the personal injuries, one man was left permanently disabled and unable to walk or talk. After a bench trial, the judge awarded $13.8 million to the man and another $4.2 to his wife. The judge found that the truck driver’s negligence was the most likely cause of the truck accident, awarding the damages against the truck driver and the company he was driving for. To read more about the truck accident, please the link.