Woman alleges incompetent driver caused 18-wheeler crash

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 15, 2015

A Jefferson County resident filed a lawsuit against the driver of a rig and his employer for alleged negligence.

Asia Fisher filed a complaint against Pride Motor Carriers LLC of Austin and Aubrey Ellis of Houston in Jefferson County District Court on June 1, claiming liability in a February 2015 roadway incident.

According to the suit, Fisher was traveling westbound on Wall Street on or about Feb. 10; the defendant was traveling southbound on MLK, operating an 18-wheeler owned by Pride Motor Carriers. The suit states that Ellis, in the scope of his employment with Price, disregarded a red traffic signal and slammed into the plaintiff’s vehicle.

The grievance alleged that Fisher suffered severe bodily injuries to her back, neck and other areas; physical pain and mental anguish; impairment and medical expenses; lost wages and lost earning capacity.

Asserting that the driver was negligent in failing to maintain a safe distance, speed, and lookout; and neglecting to stay alert, apply his brakes, and swerve or otherwise avoid impact, the plaintiff also contends that Pride was negligent in entrusting its vehicle to an allegedly incompetent and reckless driver.

Fisher seeks over $1 million in damages; pre- and post-judgment interest; attorney’s fees; expenses, and costs.

She is represented by Cade Bernsen and Cody Rees of the Bernsen Law Firm in Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court Case D-197185

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