Salem, OR – The family of an Oregon motorist, who was killed in a crash, is suing the truck driver involved in the accident and his employer.
The loved ones of deceased Dustin Campbell have filed a lawsuit against Gurpinder Singh and his employer Red Bluff, CA-based Mt Lassen Transportation. Campbell’s family filed the suit in the Marion County Circuit Court in Salem. However, the suit was later moved to federal court. The case will be presided over by Chief United States District Judge Hon. Ann Aiken.
The family is seeking nearly $6.8 million in damages.
The crash occurred on 4th November 2013 when Campbell was driving his Acura Integra south on Interstate Highway 5 (I-5). The OR State Police say traffic was slowing down when defendant Gurpinder Singh’s truck struck Campbell’s car from behind. Singh was operating a commercial semi-truck owned by defendant Mt Lassen Transportation at the time of the accident, court documents show. Campbell, a Lyons resident, was killed at the scene. He was 26 years old. The accident caused long traffic delays.
Singh was sentenced by a judge in the Marion Circuit Court to imprisonment for 18 months for negligent homicide. Now he is serving his sentence at the Warner Creek Correctional Facility. Singh is 28 years old.
In their wrongful death lawsuit, Campbell’s family accuses the defendants of recklessness and negligence. The trucking firm didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment. The attorney representing the business also wasn’t available to comment on the issue.
The lawsuit says Singh was speeding at the time of the crash. He failed to maintain a safe speed and keep proper lookout for other vehicles, the plaintiffs allege. Additionally, Singh was fatigued after working excessive hours and was using a cell phone while driving, in violation of the state law, according to the lawsuit.
The plaintiffs claim that the trucking company also is responsible for the crash. The company is accused of: failing to train Singh adequately; failing to keep track of his logging hours; and allowing him to operate its truck without essential experience. Singh was keeping phony records of driving log and the trucking firm was aware of this, the lawsuit alleges.
In their lawsuit, Campbell’s family is seeking $5000 for funeral costs and $5.2M in punitive damages. Additionally, the family is asking for $1.6M for the revenues Campbell would have earned if he had lived until retirement.