A Louisiana couple has filed a lawsuit against a driver, several insurance companies and a company that sells and services trucks. The lawsuit, which was filed June 3, is in relation to an accident that took place May 28, 2015.
On that day, the woman was driving a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis in what she alleges was a safe manner with the man as her passenger. However, they were then hit by a 2006 Ford E-250. The impact knocked their vehicle to the right side of the road.
According to the lawsuit, the couple is alleging that the driver was negligent because he did not exercise reasonable care, did not control the vehicle and did not keep a reasonable distance between vehicles. The company being sued owned the truck. The couple have not specified the amount in damages that they are seeking.
A person might choose to file a lawsuit in conjunction with a car accident for a number of reasons. For example, they might do so because they need to recover medical expenses and the insurance company is offering too little money. Compensation from such a lawsuit might also cover lost income if a person is temporarily or permanently unable to return to work.
In other cases, the compensation might be secondary to shedding light on an ongoing negligent practice, such as a company not allowing its truck drivers sufficient rest. A person might be particularly motivated to pursue such a case if no criminal charges are filed. The burden of proof is lower in civil cases, so this could be a way to hold a careless driver and any other parties who caused the accident responsible.