Truck accidents are some of the most devastating roadway crashes due to the size and weight of the trucks. These accidents can keep victims out of work for months as they recover from their injuries, which can be emotionally and physically painful.
While all drivers are legally required to operate their vehicles responsibly, truck drivers must be particularly cautious, as their trucks can be difficult to control. One trucker is now facing a civil suit in West Virginia after his involvement in an accident on Interstate 77 in Raleigh County.
The truck accident occurred when the plaintiff's truck was hit with multiple logs in the travel lanes of the highway, causing the plaintiff serious injuries. The victim is filing suit against Bryce T. Horton Trucking LLC and the other truck driver for negligence. Generally, negligence behind the wheel includes distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding, and other traffic violations, but it may also include improper maintenance and failure to adequately secure cargo.
The complaint states that Horton's driver failed to properly secure his load and was driving at an unsafe speed at the time of the accident. Horton is said to have failed to properly train and supervise its' driver in the maintenance and operation of their trucks.
The plaintiff is seeking a trial by jury and is hoping to recover compensatory damages for damages suffered in the accident, which include medical expenses, mental anguish and, physical pain and suffering. Truck accident victims like this one can experience catastrophic injuries that require months of surgeries, intensive therapy, and other medical treatments. By pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, though, a victim may be able to impose liability on negligent drivers and the companies for which they work, thereby easing the victim's financial burden and protecting his or her future.
Source: West Virginia Record, "Truck driver blames another trucker for crash," Noddy A. Fernandez, Feb. 28, 2017