Lawsuit claims inattentive driver caused tractor-trailer wreck

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Dec. 27, 2013, 2:30pm

MARSHALL - A Hopkins County resident has filed a lawsuit claiming a crash with a tractor-trailer wreck caused him to suffer severe and disabling injuries.

Jyson Phillips filed suit against International Freight Services Inc., doing business as USA Truck Inc., and Michael Hammond on Dec. 20 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. 

According to the lawsuit, on June 28 Phillips was traveling on State Highway 19 when a truck and semi-trailer operated by defendant Hammond allegedly rear-ended Phillips’ vehicle. As a result of the collision, Phillips claims he sustained severe permanent and disabling injuries.

Defendant Hammond is accused of driver inattention and for failing to maintain a safe following distance between Phillips’ vehicle and defendant’s vehicle. Defendant USA Truck is accused negligence for hiring and/or retaining its employee driver, in allowing its employee to drive the vehicle in question, and for failing to instruct, supervise and control its employee driver.

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

Phillips is represented by Jimmy M. Negem and Joe M. Worthington of Negem & Worthington in Tyler and B. Gregg Price and Daniel Price of Law Office of B. Gregg Price in Sulphur Springs.

A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 2:13-cv-01121

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