Parents sue Pierson Lumber Company for car accident

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 1, 2013

CHARLESTON – The parents of a minor are suing Pierson Lumber Company, Inc. for allegedly causing an accident that caused injuries.

Shane C. Payne, an employee of Pierson, was also named as a defendant in the suit.

On Sept. 1, 2011, Andrew Groves was operating a vehicle traveling north on W.Va. 4 in Braxton County with Angela Groves as a passenger in the vehicle, according to a complaint filed Jan. 22 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Angela Groves claims Payne was operating a 1998 Kenworth Aerocab tractor-trailer owned by Pierson and was also traveling north on W.Va. 4 when he negligently, carelessly, recklessly and unlawfully struck the vehicle her son was driving in the rear, causing the vehicle to spin around and strike a guardrail.

Payne was operating the vehicle at a high rate of speed and unlawfully in that the tractor-trailer was overloaded, which made it difficult to operate, slow, stop or avoid accidents, according to the suit.

Angela Groves claims she and her son sustained injuries as a result of the collision.

As a result of the defendants’ negligent, careless and reckless acts, Angela Groves and Andrew Groves received temporary and permanent injuries; suffered physical pain and suffering and mental anguish/emotional distress; incurred medical bills and expenses; lost wages; and suffered a loss of enjoyment of life, according to the suit.

Angela Groves and Matthew Groves are seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. They are being represented by Marvin W. Masters.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge James C. Stucky.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 13-C-133

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