Bluefield motorcycle driver alleges motorist, employer were negligent

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 21, 2017

PRINCETON — A motorcycle driver and passenger from Bluefield are suing a driver and her employer, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

James D. Linkous and Melissa A. Linkous filed a complaint on Feb. 22 in the Mercer Circuit Court against the Lumbia Maria Reavis-McLucas and Primax Properties LLC, alleging that McLucas failed to maintain proper control of her vehicle.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on June 19, the were travelling on south on U.S. Route 19, with James Linkous driving when they collided with McLucas' Chevrolet Tahoe, which was owned by her employer. McLucas vehicle side-swiped plaintiffs' 2012 FLHX Harley Davidson motorcycle, knocking it over and throwing the married couple onto the pavement at road speed, according to the complaint. As a result, both suffered physical injuries, loss of wages and incurred medical expenses. 

The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible because McLucas allegedly failed to keep proper lookout, made an improper passing, drove at an excessive rate of speed under the circumstances and failed to follow traffic rules.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for compensatory damages, expenses in towing and repair of the plaintiffs' motorcycle, pre- and post-judgment interest, court costs and such other relief as this Court may deem proper. They are represented by John Feuchtenberger of Feuchtenberger and Barringer Legal Corporation in Princeton.

Mercer Circuit Court Case number 17-C-87-DS

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