CHARLESTON – A Virginia man is seeking damages from the estate of an Illinois resident for damages allegedly sustained in a tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 77 in West Virginia.
James Robert Moore filed a complaint July 20 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia Charleston Division against John Doe, administrator of the estate of Matthew Lenz, alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on July 21, 2015, Lenz was operating a tractor-trailer owned by Crete Carrier Corp. on I-77 in Fayette County when the truck hydroplaned and jackknifed, blocking both northbound lanes of travel. The plaintiff alleges he was operating a tractor-trailer and was unable to avoid hitting the defendant's vehicle.
Moore alleges he suffered severe and catastrophic injuries to his body. Lenz died in June 2016, the suit states.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages against defendant Lenz's estate, plus interest, attorney's fees, costs and expenses and such other relief as the court may deem just and appropriate. He is represented by Robert D. Cline Jr., Robert A. Campbell and Brian E. Bigelow of Farmer, Cline & Campbell PLLC in Beckley.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia Charleston Division Case number 2:17-cv-03674