Oilfield service company sued following deadly vehicle collision

By Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau | Jul 15, 2012


MARSHALL - An oilfield service company is being sued after one of its trucks collided into a semi-truck and a company worker died.

Sheri Moore, individually and as next friend of Timothy Ryan Moore, Dallas Derek Moore and Stephanie Smith, as next friend of Braylen Moore, filed suit against Great White Pressure Control and Great Energy Services on June 27 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

The incident occurred on Aug. 31, 2011 as Derek Moore was riding in one of defendant's pickup trucks and on the way to a jobsite. According to the suit, the driver attempted to pass another vehicle in dense fog at an unsafe speed, causing a head-on collision with a semi-truck. Moore and another passenger were killed.

"Defendants had an actual subjective awareness of the risk involved in operating a motor vehicle in heavy fog but nevertheless proceeded with a conscious indifference to the rights, safety and welfare of Moore in causing the crash that killed him," the lawsuit states.

The defendants are accused of negligence for travelling/passing at an unsafe speed, failing to maintain a proper lookout, failing to furnish a reasonably safe place to work, failing to exercise care to select careful and competent fellow servants or co-employees, and for failing to properly supervise and/or train employees.

The lawsuit is seeking an award of wrongful death damages, including bereavement torment, mental anguish, pecuniary damages, inheritance, maintenance, and support, exemplary damages, interest, court costs, and attorney's fees.

The plaintiffs are represented by J. Mark Mann, G. Blake Thompson and Stacie H. Tandy of The Mann Firm in Henderson and Don Wheeler of the Law Office of Don Wheeler in Center.

A jury trial is requested.

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

Case No. 2:12-cv-00386

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