Louisiana Man Files Suit Against Tractor Trailer Driver Involved in Bridge Crash

A Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, man injured in an 2010 accident with a tractor trailer in East Baton Rouge County has filed a lawsuit against the driver of the big rig and his insurance company.

According to the Louisiana Record, James and Tonya Aikman filed the suit in federal court in New Orleans against Joseph Hensarling Jr. and Cherokee Insurance Company. The company that owns the big rig, Charles Evans Trucking, has also been named as a defendant.

The news source reports that James Aikman was traveling westbound in the right-hand lane on the Huey P. Long Bridge in Baton Rouge when the 18-wheeler being driven by Hensarling veered over into the right lane as it was attempting to pass Aikman's vehicle. According to the suit, Aikman tried to slow down but his vehicle was hit on the left side by the tractor trailer.

The lawsuit is seeking damages for physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, distress, loss of enjoyment of life and court costs. Tonya Aikman is reportedly seeking damages for loss of consortium.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 52 people died as the result of motor vehicle accidents on highways in East Baton Rogue County, Louisiana, in 2009.

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