Lawyers from Beasley Allen Law Firm are representing the family members of two people who were killed when a tractor trailer crashed into their vehicle, as well as three others who were severely injured. Angel Zaragoza and Roberto Linares died on March 10, 2017, when the Toyota Sienna van in which they were traveling on I-85 North in Macon County, Alabama, was struck by an 18-wheeler operated by Wooden Products and Ryder. Bertha Zaragoza, who was driving the Toyota van, and passengers Juana Sambrano and Iluminda Linares-Zaragoza were injured in the crash.
Plaintiffs are represented by Beasley Allen lawyer Michael J. Crow, with co-counsel David B. Chancellor, LLC and Walter E. McGowan of Gray, Langford, Sapp, McGowan, Gray, Gray & Nathanson in Tuskegee, Alabama. Defendants include Wooden Products Transportation and Ryder Truck Rental.
Traffic in front of the Toyota van had slowed and was stopping due to another accident, marked by an Alabama State Trooper’s car with flashing blue lights. The van recognized the slowing traffic and reduced its speed to around 25-30 miles per hour. The complaint alleges the tractor trailer, driven by Wooden Products/Ryder employee Ronnie Slayton, failed to observe the slowed and stopping traffic, slamming into the Toyota Sienna van at a speed of approximately 70 miles per hour.
“This tragic crash was entirely preventable,” Crow said. “The defendants had a duty to exercise reasonable care in the operation of the truck, including paying attention to traffic and driving a reasonable distance from other vehicles to allow for stopping.”
The case is 46-CV-2017-900081.00 filed in the Circuit Court of Macon County, Alabama.
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