The driver of a tractor trailer and the trucking company he was driving for are being sued for millions of dollars. Additional lawsuits are expected to be filed regarding the accident. According to reports and the legal documents, six people were killed and others were injured when a tractor trailer slammed into a group of eight stopped vehicles on Interstate 75 in a construction zone just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee, on June 25, 2015.
The First Lawsuit
A Bradley County attorney is representing Ryan L. Humphries, who was injured when his vehicle was struck by the semi. He is asking for $5 million in actual damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Reports have not specified what injuries Humphries suffered but said that he will be impacted for the rest of his life.
The lawsuit alleges that the truck driver, Benjamin S. Brewer, was speeding, failed to keep the vehicle under control and was driving recklessly, a criminal attorney in Boston that we spoke to confirmed that these were indeed the allegations made against the man in question. It also alleges he was operating the truck in a negligent fashion and with reckless disregard for others’ safety.
The Second Lawsuit
The second lawsuit is asking for $12.75 million for Justin Knox, a 60-year-old Tennessee man who suffered a brain injury in the crash. C. Mark Warren, a Chattanooga attorney, is representing Knox. The lawyer said that one day before the accident the truck driver was cited in Florida for careless driving after his truck side-swiped another truck. According to the lawsuit, Brewer had been on duty for 45 hours straight at the time of the first incident. It claims negligence in regards to the trucking company owners because if Brewer had been relieved of his duties following the first incident, the second crash would have been avoided.
The Trucking Company
Also named as defendants in the lawsuits are Billy Ray Sizemore and Cretty C. Sizemore, who are believed to be the owners of the trucking company that employed Brewer, Cool Runnings Express, Inc. The trucking company is based in London, Ky.
Truckers must abide by strict regulations. They can only drive a specified number of hours before they are required to get adequate rest. All records must be kept current and up to date. Failing to do so can result in major penalties and fines for the truck driver and the trucking company. Regarding the Cool Runnings Express crash on I-75, there allegedly had been previous violations as well as violations on the day of the accident. By allowing the driver to remain on the job, the trucking company could be considered negligent and be held for a considerable amount of the damages. If you or a loved one has been involved in a traffic accident with a tractor trailer, consult with a personal injury attorney.