A woman has filed a personal injury suit against two individuals and two trucking companies after the vehicle her minor daughter was a passenger in was sandwiched between two tractor trailers.
According to the suit Dusty McPherson filed against Robert J. Ferris Jr., Trinity Logistics Group, Don Leo Dye, and Wood Haulers in Illinois’ St. Clair County Circuit Court on May 8, her daughter, Brittany Ferris, was a passenger in a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Robert J. Ferris Jr. on August 17, 2007.
The suit says the Grand Prix suddenly left the interstate lanes of traffic and collided with a trailer owned by Trinity Logistics that had been parked on the side of the road. Then, the suit says, the Grand Prix was hit by a second tractor trailer driven by Dye and owned by Wood Haulers.
The suit claims that the collision caused Brittany Ferris to experience past and future pain, suffering, disability, disfigurement, disability, disfigurement, emotional distress, and an increased risk of future harm. It also claims she will lost future earnings and incur medical costs.
Due to Brittany Ferris’ status as a minor, McPherson says became responsible for her medical expenses.
The suit alleges negligence against Robert Ferris Jr. for failure to use the proper land, failure to maintain proper control of his vehicle, failure to maintain a proper lookout, driving his vehicle at an unsafe time, and failure to use ordinary care to avoid a collision.
The suit alleges negligence on the part of Trinity Logistics for its employee parking a trailer on the side of the highway at an unnecessary time, failure to carry at least three liquid burning flames that could be seen at a distance of 500 feet, failure to place a lighted fuse around the trailer, failure to use ordinary care for others’ safety, and parking the trailer too close to traffic.
The suit alleges negligence on the part of Dye for driving too fast, failure to maintain a proper lookout, failure to maintain control of his vehicle, failure to use the proper lane, failure to reduce speed in order to avoid a collision, and failure to exercise ordinary care to avoid a collision.
The suit alleges negligence on the part of Woods Haulers through Dye.
McPherson seeks damages of more than $400,000, plus costs, from the eight-count suit.