LAFAYETTE — Georgia motorists are suing an Ohio trucking carrier and an Alabama driver, alleging their negligence led to a crash that injured the plaintiffs. 

Nyerere C. Ellis of Lithonia, Georgia, and Venita Tsoulogiannis of Ellenwood, Georgia, filed a lawsuit Dec. 5 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana against Michael James Bryant of Livingston, Alabama, NDJ Trucking Inc. of Plain City, Ohio, and National Indemnity Company, alleging Bryant failed to obey any and all applicable traffic rules.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 29, 2015, Ellis and Tsoulogiannis had lawfully parked a semi-truck on the shoulder of the eastbound lane of Interstate Highway 20 in Richland Parish. Suddenly, the suit says, Bryant lost control of the motor vehicle owned by NDJ Trucking and caused a violent collision with the plaintiffs' vehicle. 

As a result, the lawsuit states, the plaintiffs suffered severe and painful injuries, plus medical treatment and loss of earnings. The plaintiffs allege Bryant failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to avoid striking the plaintiffs' vehicle and operated his vehicle in a careless and reckless manner.

Ellis and Tsoulogiannis seek trial by jury, judgment against the defendants, jointly, severally and in solido for all amounts recoverable, plus penalties, attorney fees and court costs and all other relief the court deems proper. They are represented by attorney John F. Greene of Destin, Florida.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Case number 3:16-cv-01676

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