Family members of a man and a child killed on I-85 near Shorter, Alabama, in March when their vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer have filed a lawsuit against the trucking company involved in the crash.
According to the Beasley Allen Law Firm, which is representing the families, traffic on I-85 had slowed in the Shorter area on March 10 because of another accident. A 2001 Toyota Sienna transporting Angel Zaragoza, Roberto Linares, and three others had slowed with other traffic to a speed of 25-30 mph when it was hit from behind by a 2011 Freightliner tractor trailer.
The impact pushed the Toyota Sienna into the back of a 2014 Ford Focus, killing Mr. Linares and Angel Zaragoza. Three others in the vehicle, driver Bertha Zaragoza and passengers Juana Sambrano and Lluminda Linares-Zaragoza, were also injured. Beasley Allen is also representing the injured individuals.
The complaint alleges that the tractor-trailer, driven by Ronnie Slayton for Wooden Products and Ryder Truck Rental, failed to observe the slowing traffic. State Troopers were using blue flashing lights while clearing the scene of the previous crash, the lawsuit says. The Wooden Products/Ryder truck crashed into the Toyota Sienna traveling about 70 mph.
“This tragic crash was entirely preventable,” Beasley Allen lawyer Michael J. Crow said. “The defendants had a duty to exercise reasonable care in the operation of the truck, including paying attention to traffic and driving a reasonable distance from other vehicles to allow for stopping.”
Defendants named in the lawsuit include Wooden Products Transportation and Ryder Truck Rental.