On June 25, one of the worst Tennessee traffic accidents in years took the lives of six individuals. Now, one of the survivors is a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit filed in Hamilton County Circuit Court, according to The Chattanoogan.
In the wreck, a semi tractor-trailer crashed into multiple vehicles stopped for a highway construction project on Interstate 75 in Ooltewah. The suit names the semi driver, the trucking company and its owners as defendants.
Both Compensatory and Punitive Damages Sought
The plaintiff is a man from Cleveland, Tennessee. He is seeking $5 million in compensatory damages and another $5 million in punitive damages.
The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff suffered severe and disabling injuries, disfigurement, extreme pain and emotional anguish. The suit alleges that the semi driver operated the big rig at an excessive speed, and that he failed to control the vehicle in a construction zone.
The litigation also alleges that his employer “failed to exercise reasonable and ordinary care” in hiring the man. The company is also accused of failing to properly maintain the tractor-trailer. Finally, the suit asserts that punitive damages are justified due to “recklessness and gross negligence” on the part of the defendants.
Tennessee state law allows victims of traffic accidents to seek compensation when negligent conduct is reasonably claimed to have contributed to injuries or loss of life. Compensatory damages often include payments for medical expenses, pain-and-suffering and lost wages.
If you or a loved one is a victim in a crash, it is possible to have your case evaluated by Nashville truck accident attorneys. Our firm offers this consultation at no cost to you. To learn more, please contact us.