Nabors Well Servs., Ltd. v. Loera (Per Curiam)Annotate this Case
This case stemmed from a collision between a tractor-trailer owned by Nabors Well Services, Ltd. and a pickup truck occupied by three family members (the Loeras). During trial, the court admitted evidence that the Loeras were not using seat belts. The jury found Nabors’s driver fifty percent at fault, Nabors ten percent at fault, and the driver of the pickup forty percent at fault. The jury awarded the Loeras approximately $450,000 in damages, but the trial court entered a take-nothing judgment, presumably based on the jury’s answers to two questions regarding the Loeras’ failure to use seat belts. The court of appeals remanded the case for a new trial, concluding that the admission of evidence of nonuse of seat belts was harmful error. While Nabors’ petition for review was pending, the Supreme Court decided Nabors Well Services, Ltd. v. Romero, in which the Court held that relevant evidence of use or nonuse of seat belts is admissible for the purpose of apportioning responsibility in civil lawsuits. The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the court of appeals and remanded for reconsideration in light of Romero.