Couple sues trucker, trucking company after April accident

By Charmaine Little | May 13, 2018

BATON ROUGE – A Louisiana couple has filed a lawsuit against a truck driver and trucking company for negligence after being involved in a car accident that reportedly resulted in injuries. 

The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.

Plaintiff Allen Goree, III claims that he was riding on the passenger side of a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado when a truck, driven by defendant Anthony Stiggers, struck the Chevrolet.

Goree accuses Stiggers of being negligent on multiple counts: not looking out for other cars and drivers, losing control of his vehicle, not being observant while driving, and not detecting what he should have noticed as a driver. Goree added Stiggers was driving too fast.

Goree also listed Robert Heath Trucking Inc. as a defendant in his complaint considering the trucking company owned the vehicle Stiggers was driving. Stiggers was an authorized agent for the company.

Goree stated the trucking company was also negligent. He claimed Robert Heath Trucking Inc. failed to give Stiggers the correct training on how to operate the vehicle. He also said the company did not guarantee its employees, such as Stiggers, followed the company’s procedures and regulations.

Gorree also named Great West Casualty Company  as it was the insurance provider for Robert Heath Trucking Inc.

As for injuries, Goree said he experienced, “headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, a concussion, and a brain injury” as a result of the collision. A bobcat he was moving at the time of the accident was also allegedly damaged, Gorree stated. He added he has suffered “physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of income and earning capacity, medical expenses, scarring, and property damage.”

His wife, Joey Goree, is also listed as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, alleging she has experienced loss of her own as she observes her husband’s pain.

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