Following a tragic vehicle accident that occurred on Interstate 65 near Glendale, Kentucky, on March 2, attorneys have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against trucking company Highway Star and its employee, driver Ibrahim Fetic, who was allegedly responsible for the incident.
According to The Courier-Journal, a local news outlet, Wisconsin residents James and Barbara Gollnow had their daughter, a family friend and four foster children in tow on a trip back from Florida when their Ford Expedition was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. The incident caused six of the eight passengers to become trapped in the burning vehicle, resulting in their deaths. Two of the foster children survived the ordeal.
The lawsuit alleges that Fetic and the company he worked for were operating negligently, claiming that the truck driver had been behind the wheel for longer than the allowed number of hours, causing him to become tired and operate the large vehicle in a manner that was potentially unsafe to other individuals on the road. A U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) investigation confirmed that this was the case, and also indicated that Fetic had been falsifying information about his hours on his status log in an attempt to conceal it from regulatory agencies.
As a result of the tragedy, Highway Star was ordered to cease operations on March 22 after the DOT determined that it was a hazard to public safety.
If one of your family members has died as a result of a business's negligent behavior and you live in Missouri, consider finding a personal injury lawyer that will work hard on your behalf. These experienced and locally based professionals can assess your claim, try your case in court and help you recover damages you may be entitled to.