Louisiana company sued after one of its employees rear-ends another vehicle

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Jan. 29, 2012, 1:00pm

Young and Goudarzi

MARSHALL - A Louisiana company is being sued for negligent entrustment after one of its employees rear-ended another vehicle.

Curtis Lee Bell filed suit against Joseph Dewayne Sepulvado and Perforex Forest Service on Jan. 27 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

The accident occurred on Feb. 25, 2010, as Bell was driving westbound on Texas Highway 294 in Cherokee County. Bell states that Sepulvado was speeding and struck the rear of his vehicle. At the time of the collision, Sepulvado was within the scope of his employment with Perforex Forest Service.

Defendant Sepulvado is accused of negligence for failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to timely apply his brakes, failing to control the vehicle, failing to act or respond in a reasonable manner and failing to control the speed of the vehicle.

Defendant Perforex Forest Service is accused of negligence for hiring, retaining, and entrusting the truck to an unlicensed, incompetent and/or reckless driver, for failing to properly train its driver,

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

A jury trial is requested.

Bell is represented by Brent Goudarzi and Marty Young in Goudarzi & Young in Gilmer.

U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-00044

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