Truck accidents can be caused by many factors, including the negligent or reckless actions of the truck driver. The physical harm that is suffered by the victim of a truck accident is often very serious. Beyond physical injuries, there are monetary and emotional injuries that the victim of the accident experiences. For all of this suffering, the victim of a truck accident may be entitled to collect money damages.
On June 25, 2015, traffic was building on Interstate-75 in Bradley County, located just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. Cars were stopped near Exit 11 because of road construction. At around 7:00 pm, a truck crashed into several stopped cars, causing a nine-vehicle crash that killed six and injured several more. One of those injured in the crash was Ryan L. Humphries, who has now filed a lawsuit against both the truck driver, Benjamin Scott Brewer, and the truck company, Cool Runnings Express, Inc. Billy Ray Sizemore and Cretty C. Sizemore, who are believed to be the owners of Cool Runnings Express, are also named in the lawsuit.
Humphries claims that as a result of the accident, he has incurred substantial medical expenses, has suffered loss of income and damage to his future earning capacity, has experienced severe and disabling injuries, and has suffered extreme pain and emotional anguish. For all of this, he is seeking $10 million in damages, including $5 million in actual damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
According to the allegations of the lawsuit, Brewer was operating the truck in a negligent and reckless manner, in total disregard for the well-being of others. This alleged recklessness included speeding and failure to keep the vehicle under control. Humphries has named the owners of the truck company for their recklessness in hiring someone who is, allegedly, unqualified for the job. Further, the lawsuit asserts that the owners failed to maintain their truck in accordance with federal and state regulations. Therefore, the lawsuit argues that Cool Runnings Express was directly responsible for the accident because of both their actions and their failure to act.