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Second Lawsuit Filed in Deadly Tennessee Trucking Accident

adriana_trevino1 year ago

A truck driver is facing a second lawsuit in connection with a fatal trucking accident that resulted in the death of six people and the injury of six others.

About the Fatal Trucking Accident

According to WRCB, Benjamin Brewer is facing two lawsuits and felony charges after colliding with eight vehicles in a construction zone in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The incident left six people dead and six other injured.

Police reports indicate methamphetamine was in the Brewer’s system when the fatal accident occurred. Investigations also confirmed that he had been working for 50 consecutive hours.

The latest lawsuit, seeking $12.75 million in damages, names Brewer as well as Coll Runnings Express, Inc. and company owners Billy and Cretty Sizemore and responsible parties. The suit was filed on behalf of 60-year-old Justin Knox who suffered a brain injury in the accident.

Reports indicate Brewer had been cited for reckless driving in Florida after side sweeping another truck the day before. During this time, Brewer had reported to have been on duty for 45 hours.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,921 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2012 – this marked a 4-percent increase over the 3,781 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents in 2012:
    • 697 were occupants of large trucks
    • 2,843 were occupants of other vehicles
    • 381 were listed as nonoccupants, including pedestrians and bicyclists
  • An additional 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2012 – up from 88,000 in 2011.


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