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Family of dead wife/mother sues truck driver

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CBS 11 TV out of Dallas/Fort Worth reported this week that the family of a North Texas school teacher who was killed in a trucking accident is now suing the truck driver for her death.

The motor vehicle accident, which occurred at the intersection fo Custer Road and State Highway 121 in Plano in October 2006, involved an 18-wheeler truck that ran a red light. The driver of the truck has already been charged with vehicular manslaughter in the fatal accident.

The family’s attorney offers details of the lawsuit that he hopes will send a message to the trucking industry:

Attorneys for the Carter family claim Davidson should never have been hired. “He was 20-years-old and had three prior problems on his driving record,” says Rasansky. “He should not have been behind the wheel driving on the day of the accident.”

The suit also claims the truck Davidson was driving had faulty brakes and the company failed to ensure it was fit for the roadway. “We have an epidemic of companies not taking responsibility for placing on the road truck drivers who are inexperienced, who have no business driving, really nothing more than, 80,000 pound missiles,” Rasansky said.