Family says Caravan hit from behind by tractor trailer in I-55 construction zone

Andrea Dearden Jun. 14, 2012, 4:33am


A Madison County family says it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer while driving in a construction zone in Jarvis Township.

Travis C. Goodson and Kathleen D. Goodson, individually and on behalf of her three minor children, filed a lawsuit June 4 in Madison County Circuit Court against Benjamin Bradley Hortenstine and Hortenstine L&L Inc., also known as Hortenstine Land and Livestock.

The alleged crash happened as Travis Goodson was driving his family in their Dodge Caravan north on Interstate 55 in July 2010, according to the petition. Goodson says they were in a construction zone in Jarvis Township which required him to slow down.

As they neared milepost 17.6, Goodson says his family's vehicle was hit from behind by Hortenstine driving an International HAR Trucktractor owned by Hortenstine L&L.

The impact allegedly caused the Goodson's van to crash into the car in front of it, causing more damage and injuries.

The Goodsons accuse Hortenstine and his company of negligence and seek more than $500,000 in damages for medical expenses, lost wages and court costs.

Attorney Jeffrey D. Frederick, of Urbana's Frederick & Hagle law firm, represents the Goodsons. They ask for a jury trial.

Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 12-L-773

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