Carol Ostrow Jul. 21, 2015, 8:01am


A Rockwall County resident is filing a survival action suit as estate representative against an Oklahoma trucking business on wrongful death charges in a 2014 Titus County collision that claimed the life of a husband and father.

Steven H. Jordan, as estate executor for Joe M. Bradford, Amanda Jordan and Anita Bradford, sued Ronald G. Dickson and Dickson’s Trucking of Atoka, OK, in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas on July 14, claiming negligence and wrongful death in a fatal May 2014 motor vehicle crash.

According to the suit, Dickson was operating a tractor-trailer westbound on W. Ferguson in Mount Pleasant on May 28, 2014 in the scope of his employment. The suit states that as Joe Bradford was exiting a parking lot, Dickson “slammed” into his vehicle, causing significant damage. Documents state that Bradford was unresponsive at the scene and subsequently died from his injuries.

The complaint cites pain and suffering, medical and funeral expenses, loss of earning capacity and enjoyment of life, and property damage. Dickson is charged with failing to keep a proper lookout, maintain a safe distance and speed, turn, brake, and stop to avoid impact, and keep his rig in good working order. His company is cited with negligent entrustment of a commercial vehicle, failure to inspect and maintain the vehicle, and failure to comply with traffic and safety regulations.

Claiming loss of consortium and support, bereavement, mental anguish and grief on the part of Bradford’s surviving daughter Amanda and his widow Anita, the plaintiffs’ representative seeks more than $75,000 for exemplary and punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney’s fees, expenses, and costs. 

The plaintiff is represented by Kevin Buchanan of Kevin Buchanan & Associates in Dallas and James Blume of Blume, Faulkner & Skeen in Richardson.

Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case 2:15-cv-01271-JRG-RS

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