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Victim sues employee who crashed company truck

People in Houston may have heard about a Galveston resident who recently filed a lawsuit against a painting company and its employee following an auto accident in Hitchcock that occurred over the summer. The employee of Apache Global Painting Inc. had been driving in a company truck when he crashed head-on into the victim's car.

The victim filed a lawsuit in Galveston County Court at Law No. 3 on Oct. 23. The lawsuit alleges that the company employee made an illegal lane change while driving on FM 2004 southbound and crossed over the center line, hitting the victim's vehicle and causing it to roll over.

  - Article By Richard Weaver

The victim in this case is blaming the company for hiring, training and retaining the driver who caused the car accident. The victim also says that Apache Global negligently entrusted the driver with one of the company's vehicles.

The driver is faulted for speeding, failing to timely apply his breaks, failing to maintain a proper lookout, not yielding the right of way or using a left-turn signal, failing to drive on the right hand side of the road or stay within his marked lane and failing to take proper evasive actions to prevent the accident. The victim is seeking unspecified monetary damages, and he hopes to have a jury hear the case and determine the amount of damages.

A personal injury attorney may also request a specific amount for damages based on the injuries sustained by the client. A negligent driver may be ordered to pay for the cost of medical treatment necessitated by the crash or for the amount of wages lost while the victim was unable to work due to injury.

Source: Southeast Texas Record, "Local motorist sues over recent head-on collision", John Suayan, October 25, 2013

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