Harris Co. residents sue over collision with tractor-trailer

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Mar. 25, 2013, 2:30pm

HOUSTON - Three Harris County residents are suing Williams Transport LLC over a two-vehicle crash last year in Waller County. 

In a lawsuit filed March 14 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, David Lee Watson, Alyna Jazmin Quintero-Watson and Armida Granger assert the defendant is to blame for the wreck that occurred on May 26, 2012.

The suit shows Watson was driving along a stretch of Interstate 10 with Quintero-Watson and Granger as his passengers when they were "suddenly and violently" struck in the rear by a tractor-trailer belonging to the company.

"This caused plaintiff Watson's car to spin out of control and strike the center concrete divider," the original petition says.

The complainants add they sustained injuries as a result of the incident.

While he is not an individual defendant in the litigation, Christopher A. Hunt, the tractor-trailer's operator, is faulted for:

  • Failing to keep a proper lookout;

  • Failing to timely apply the brakes;

  • Failing to control speed;

  • Failing to turn to avoid the incident; and

  • Failing to maintain an assured clear distance.

Meanwhile, the respondent is accused of failing to proper inspect, maintain and repair the tractor-trailer, which purportedly "had defective or no brakes."

The plaintiffs insist they did nothing to bring forth the collision.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Michael A. Moriarty of the Moriarty Law Firm in Houston is representing the plaintiffs.

Case No. 4:13-CV-711

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