If you drive a little more than 100 miles south of Raleigh, you will arrive in Fairmont. The small town is home to a truck driver who was involved in a fatal tractor-trailer crash in September.
A 9-year-old girl and a 61-year-old man were killed in the violent interstate highway wreck. The girl’s parents recently filed a lawsuit against the North Carolina trucker and the Memphis, Tennessee, motor carrier called JNJ Express Inc. that employs him.
According to the lawsuit, the Wilmington, Delaware, crash was caused by the trucker who failed to bring his big rig to a stop in rush-hour traffic. The 39-year-old Fairmont resident slammed the tractor-trailer into the backs of three vehicles, knocking them off the highway. The 2014 Kenworth then hit a guardrail and overturned.
According to the suit, a woman in the SUV that carried the little girl was also badly injured. She is now permanently paralyzed as a result of her horrific injuries, a news report stated.
The lawsuit states that the trucker’s negligence – he failed to slow or stop his 18-wheeler – caused the crash. He also did not take evasive action to avoid the wreck.
According to the news report, JNJ Express Inc. has about 400 commercial trucks on the nation’s roads.
The family of the 61-year-old man has also filed a lawsuit naming the trucker and trucking company as defendants.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a big rig crash caused by a negligent truck driver, contact a Raleigh law firm experienced in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.