MARSHALL - Three Dallas County mothers have filed a lawsuit against a trucking company claiming that the company hired a reckless driver who rear-ended their vehicle.

Lana Jones, individually and as next friend of two minors; Cesta Ayers, as next friend of a minor; and Chandrikiah Jones, as next friend of a minor; filed the lawsuit against Total Transportation of Mississippi and James Triplett on Jan. 26 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

The incident occurred on Jan. 31, 2011, while defendant Triplett was driving an 18-wheeler westbound on Interstate 30 in Titus County. The 18-wheeler collided with the vehicle being towed by Jones. The force of the collision caused the towed vehicle to run into the vehicle driven by Jones.

Triplett is accused of failing to maintain a safe rate of speed, failing to apply its brakes, failing to maintain an assured clear distance and for failing to change lanes to pass.

Total Transportation is accused of negligently entrusting its truck to a reckless driver, gross negligence and malice.

The plaintiffs are seeking an award of damages for severe, permanent and disabling injury, pain and mental anguish, medical expenses, physical impairment, loss of wages and wage earning capacity, interest and court costs.

The plaintiffs are represented by Greg Gray of The Law Offices of Greg Gray in Rockwall.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-00038

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