Nacogdoches Co. residents sue following tractor trailer wreck on Hwy 59

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Nov. 11, 2013, 2:01pm

MARSHALL - Three Nacogdoches County residents have filed a lawsuit claiming they suffered severe injuries when their vehicle was rear ended by a tractor trailer. 

Casey D. Jones, Rachel Rawls and Austin Yarbrough filed suit against SV Express and Dennis S. Harrison on Nov. 8 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

The incident occurred on Oct. 30, 2013 as Jones was driving a 2004 Lincoln Town Car traveling northbound on US 59.

According to the suit, defendant Dennis S. Harrison was driving a tractor trailer behind the plaintiffs and collided into Jones’ vehicle. The passengers of the Jones’ vehicle suffered severe injuries, the suit states.

Defendant Harrison is accused of negligence for failing to yield the right of way, failing to properly apply brakes in order to avoid the collision, failing to keep a proper lookout, for driving in a reckless manner, failing to maintain an assured clear distance between his truck and Jones’ vehicle and for driving in an excessive rate of speed.

The plaintiffs argue that defendant SV Express is responsible for all of the damages under the doctrine of respondeat superior.

The lawsuit is seeking an award of damages for physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, medical expenses, physical impairment, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, interest and court costs.

The plaintiffs are represented by Jeff B. Badders of Badders Law Firm PC in Nacogdoches. A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 2:13-cv-00949

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