Arkansas trucking company sued after employee allegedly causes vehicle wreck

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Dec. 2, 2013, 1:02pm

TYLER - An Arkansas trucking company is being sued after one of its employees allegedly failed to control his speed and collided with another vehicle in Rusk County.

William Bradley Decker filed suit against USA Truck Inc. and Paul Charles Woodard on Nov. 21 in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. 

The incident occurred on Dec. 5, 2011, as Decker was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 79 North in Henderson.

According to the suit, defendant Woodard failed to control his speed and collided with Decker’s vehicle. As a result of the impact, Decker suffered bodily injuries and/or aggravation of the body, the suit claims.

Woodard is accused of negligence for failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to avoid the incident in question, driver inattention, failing to maintain the vehicle, failing to control the speed, failing to operate the vehicle as a reasonable and prudent person would have done under the same or similar circumstances and for faulty evasive action.

Defendant USA Truck is accused of negligence for negligent entrustment and supervision, failing to properly monitor a driver in training, negligent hiring and negligent training.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for medical expenses, physical impairment, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, interest and court costs.

Decker is represented by Matthew B. Flanery of Grant & Flanery PC in Tyler. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge John D. Love is assigned to the case.

Case No. 6:13-cv-00894

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