Edwardsville, IL – A couple has filed a suit against an Augusta (Georgia)-based trucking business over an accident they claim was caused as a truck operator lost his control over the rig.
Franz Enns, along with his wife Sara Enns, is suing John Jackson and Augusta Logistics Incorporated. The couple filed their suit on 19th May in the Madison County Circuit Court in Illinois. The defendants are accused of negligence in a crash took place in 2014.
According to the suit, on 9th April, 2014, defendant John Jackson was operating a tractor trailer owned by defendant Augusta Logistics. Jackson was an employee of Augusta Logistics then, the suit says. He was driving on Interstate 270 (I-270) near the mile marker 3 in Madison County as his rig hit the front side of the vehicle in which the plaintiffs were travelling.
The lawsuit accuses defendant Jackson of: failing to keep proper lookout; failing to operate the tractor trailer safely with adequate illumination; failing to keep the tires of the truck in good repair; failing to operate the truck at a safe speed; and failing to move to the shoulder when the truck became disabled.
The couple is seeking unspecified damages for alleged injuries, medical costs, loss of consortium and services, and property damage. The complaint also says Jackson made threatening comments or gestures for frightening the couple. The lawsuit also cites lingering fear, anxiety, and stress.
The plaintiffs are also seeking more than $50,000 in punitive damages, in addition to costs and attorney fees.
Truck crashes are on the rise in the U.S. and their results could be catastrophic to everyone, especially the other motorists or pedestrians, involved in the accident. Apart from causing fatalities and/or severe injuries, truck crashes often result in great emotional anxiety, lost time at work, reduced life quality, and many more.
The number of trucks and other vehicles on the highways are increasing steadily. So it is not very surprising that traffic accidents, especially trucking accidents, are growing. Commercial trucks often weigh up to 40 tons and they are nearly 80 ft long. So they are more likely to be involved in accidents and to cause severe injuries or even deaths of other motorists involved in the accident. The United States Transportation Department says approximately 500000 trucking accidents take place every year in the United States.