Family blames UPS for relative's death

By The SE Texas Record | Jul 7, 2016

BEAUMONT — A family is suing a number of UPS entities, alleging their negligence caused a vehicle crash that killed a relative. 

Heather Kaiser, as next friend of Samantha Kaiser, a minor, and as representative of the estate of James Kaiser, and Jordan Kaiser filed a lawsuit June 20 in Jefferson County District Court against United Parcel Service, Inc., United Parcel Service, Co., United Parcel Service General Services Co., United Parcel Service Oasis Supply Corp., Paul Mouton and Mike Smith Autoplex-German Imports, Inc., alleging they negligently entrusted their vehicles to careless operators.

According to the complaint, on June 17, James Kaiser was a passenger in a vehicle owned and/or operated by Mike Smith Autoplex-German Imports and was traveling southbound on Cardinal Drive in Jefferson County. The suit says he was involved in a crash a UPS Cargo vehicle, operated by Paul Mouton, an employee of UPS, a crash that caused Kaiser's death. 

The plaintiffs allege the defendants failed to properly operate their vehicles in a safe and reasonable manner and failed to obey traffic rules and regulations.

The Kaisers seek a trial by jury, a temporary restraining order against the defendants for altering, changing and or transporting the defendants' vehicle, a temporary injunction to allow the plaintiffs an opportunity to inspect the defendants' vehicle and for such other relief to which plaintiffs are entitled. They are represented by attorneys Richard D. Hughes, Lance P. Bradley and Jill S. Pierce of Bradley, Steele & Pierce LLP in Port Arthur.

Jefferson County District Court Case number R-198631

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