Defendants Marvin Martinez and Cooper Glass Company LLC (Cooper Glass) have responded to a complaint by Akara Williams which alleges the company should be held responsible for an automotive accident between one of Cooper Glass’ vehicles and Williams’ vehicle. Both the complaint and its response were filed in a Tennessee court. The judge has yet to file a response in this case.
According to the complaint, Williams was driving her 2007 Kia Optima in mid-October 2018, when she was struck by Martinez, who was driving a 2014 Ford F-450.
“… Without warning the defendant [Martinez] did negligently and carelessly merge into the lane of the plaintiff’s [Williams] lane of travel and collided into her vehicle. The impact was so great, it threw Williams about in the vehicle and she sustained injuries,” a portion of the complaint reads.
Williams believed the truck was owned by the glass company, and that it should be found liable for all damages. She claimed the company and Martinez should be held accountable for the following:
- Failing to devote full time and attention to the operation of its vehicle;
- Driving its vehicle too fast; and
- Failing to control the movement of the vehicle.
Following the accident, Williams alleged Martinez drove recklessly which not only caused the accident to take place, but to also cause her permanent bodily injuries. In November 2019 she asked the court to find all of the evidence in her favor and award her $275,000.
Weeks after Williams sought financial compensation from the company it responded to her accusations. In its response the company claims it is not responsible for the accident and should not have to pay for her alleged sustained injuries. The company also mentioned Martinez was not one of its employees.
“This defendant [Cooper Glass] denies Martinez was an employee on or about November 17, 2018. Martinez was an employee of Imperial Glass Company and states it contracted with Cooper Glass for additional labor as needed,” a portion of the response reads.
The company agreed with Williams when she stated Martinez was authorized to operate the vehicle owned by Cooper Glass at the time of the accident. However the glass company denies most of her remaining allegations. Cooper Glass also denied the accident occurred in the manner Williams described it in her complaint, according to court documents.
“[Cooper Glass] denies that Martinez was guilty of any negligent act or omission which was the proximate cause, legal cause, or cause-in-fact of any injuries of damages to the plaintiff, and specifically denies Martinez was guilty of the common law acts of negligence [as stated] in the complaint,” a portion of the response reads.
Cooper Glass also noted Williams should be held accountable for the three points previously mentioned, as she was driving recklessly. The company concluded its response by asking the court to find Williams liable, to dismiss her allegations against the company, and for all associated costs be paid for by Williams.
The court has yet to file a response to either party. Check back to a future edition for more information on this suit.