CLARKSBURG – A man is suing Hiteland Transportation after he claims he was involved in a car accident with one of its employees.
Lewis L. Reeger Jr. was also named as a defendant in the suit.
On June 15, 2015, Zachary L. Bowen was operating a 2010 F-250 truck owned by his employer, Energy Land & Minerals, and was stopped in southbound traffic on Interstate-79 at or near mile marker 119, according to a complaint filed June 14, in Harrison Circuit Court and removed to federal court on July 6.
Reeger, who was employed by Hiteland, failed to slow for stopped traffic and jack-knifed his tractor trailer, which collided into the rear of Bowen’s vehicle, according to the suit.
Bowen claims upon impact, his truck was forced into the vehicle directly in front of it, causing significant damage to all of the involved vehicles.
Reeger was cited by the Clarksburg City Police for failure to maintain control of his vehicle and for operating at a speed greater than reasonable and prudent, according to the suit.
Bowen claims the defendants owed a duty to him to provide the standard of care that an ordinary, prudent person would provide in similar circumstances.
Bowen is seeking compensatory damages in the sum of $300,000. He is being represented by Joseph P. Underwood.
The defendants are being represented by Philip J. Sbrolla and Matthew C. Schrebe of Cipriani & Werner.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia case number: 1:17-cv-00120