Lawsuit accuses trucker of driving without proper license

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Jun. 20, 2011, 6:19am

SHERMAN - After allegedly causing a multi-vehicle wreck involving tractor-trailers, a Dallas resident is being sued for not being able to read road signs and for driving without a proper license.

Christopher Leigh Hudson filed suit against Enrique Humberto Sanchez, individually and as agent of Southeastern Freight Lines Inc. and Southeastern Freight Lines Inc., on May 9 in Cooke County District Court. The defendant removed the case to the federal in the Eastern District of Texas-Sherman Division on June 3.

The accident occurred on June 5, 2009 as Hudson was traveling north along Interstate 35 just outside the city of Gainesville. He states he was slowing his vehicle due to traffic and was struck in the rear by a tractor-trailer driven by defendant Sanchez.

The defendant is accused of failing to maintain a reasonable speed, failing to control speed, driving at an excessive rate of speed, failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to make a timely application of the brakes, failing to turn or swerve the vehicle to the left or the right in order to avoid the collision, failing to keep the vehicle under control, failing to exercise a high degree of care, failing to maintain an assured clear distance between vehicles, following the vehicle ahead too closely and failing to discontinue driving when not physically or mentally alert to safely continue driving.

The driver is also accused of negligence for failing to properly secure the cargo, failing his driver's test, working in excess of the legal allotted time, falsifying operational logs, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and for not being able to read the road signs.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, physical impairment, disfigurement, loss of earnings, mental anguish, interest, court costs

Hudson is represented by Sherman attorney Johnny R. Brown.

A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 4:11-cv-00326

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