Family sues after collision with 18-wheeler on I-12

By Michelle Massey | Dec 1, 2010


A family has filed a lawsuit against a trucking company and its driver after an 18-wheeler rear-ended its vehicle.

Glen and Valerie Freeman filed suit against U.S. Express Leasing Inc., Allen S. Beck II and Great West Casualty Co. on Oct. 19 in St. Tammany Parish District Court. The defendants removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on Nov. 18.

The accident occurred on Oct. 22, 2009 as Freeman and his pregnant wife were traveling eastbound on Interstate 12. Freeman states he slowed his vehicle due to traffic congestion when the truck operated by Beck forcefully collided into the rear of the Freeman vehicle.

Beck is accused of failing to stop, failing to keep a proper lookout, driving in a careless and reckless manner, failing to act as a reasonable and prudent person, operating his vehicle in a careless and wanton manner, failing to maintain control of his vehicle, failing to observe what he should have observed and in
failing to yield.

U.S. Xpress Leasing Inc. is accused of negligence for allowing Beck to use and operate its vehicle, failing to instruct Beck in the proper and safe operation of the vehicle and failing to properly supervise the operation of his vehicle.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages for pain, suffering, mental anguish, medical expenses, loss of earning capacity and lost wages, loss of consortium and interest.

The Freemans are represented by J. Wayne Mumphrey, Alfonse Monteferrante and Clayton M. Connors of Mumphrey Law Firm in Slidell.

U.S. District Judge Helen G. Berrigan is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10-cv-04363

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