Last April, a horrific Texas car accident claimed the lives of two teens and the truck driver who crashed into their vehicle. This week the parents of one of the boys killed filed a lawsuit against that truck driver’s employer, a multibillion-dollar pipeline company. Their suit claims that the man was watching pornography on his cell phone rather than paying attention to the road ahead of him.
The tragic Texas car accident occurred in Glasscock County on April 25th of last year, at 9:00 at night. Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Weaver was driving his 2011 GMC Sierra pickup truck with his friend, 19-year-old Mathew Sweeney in the front passenger seat when a white 2014 Ford 250 owned by Energy Transfer Partners crashed into them. The driver was 39-year-old James Darling, an electrical technician who was driving home from work. According to a paramedic, when he arrived at the scene he found that Darling’s phone was still playing a video of a woman and man having sex.
Texas Car Accident Lawsuit Cites Improper Training of Distracted Employee
The Texas car accident left the two teens dead at the scene, with Weaver’s pickup truck compressed so badly that he was pinned to the dashboard. When paramedics extracted the electrical tech from his vehicle, they found his cell phone in his lap, playing video material. This has led the Weaver family to claim negligence in a wrongful death lawsuit against Darling’s employer. Their suit cites his failure to stay in his lane and argues that the publicly traded company had a responsibility to train its staff properly, as well as to monitor their fleet.
Distracted driving has contributed to countless accidents, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has blamed over 3,100 2017 deaths on the dangerous practice. Jonathan Weaver’s parents say that their goal is to send companies like Energy Transfer Partners a message that they need to ‘put safety first before profiting from another unmonitored vehicle or distracted driver.