A Bedford County man injured nearly two years ago when a semi-trailer truck slammed into the porch of his home has filed a federal lawsuit against the truck driver and his employer.
Jeremy Decker of West Main Street, Everett, testified in his lawsuit that he was inside when a tractor-trailer truck driven by Bilguun Shijirbaatar of El Paso, Texas slammed into his house in the early evening of July 21, 2020.
Decker said he was hit by debris that entered his home following the accident.
Last Friday, Pittsburgh attorney Joshua P. Geist filed a lawsuit seeking an unspecified amount of money to cover Decker’s injuries and repairs to his home.
Geist filed the petition in the U.S. District Court in Johnstown.
Shijirbaatar, according to the lawsuit, worked for CRST Expedited Inc., located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
According to Decker’s lawsuit, the truck driver was driving a 2019 Freightliner tractor-trailer heading west on Route 30 in Everett.
He mistakenly entered a cul-de-sac and drove through a stop sign, at which point he lost control of the platform and hit Decker’s house.
The police charged Shijirbaatar with several driving offences.
According to state court records, on August 7, 2020, the driver pleaded guilty to reckless driving, speeding, and failing to stop at a stop sign while appearing before the Bedford County Judge, Travis W. Livengood.
According to the lawsuit, CRST, also known as CRST Lincoln Sales, was Shijirbaatar’s employer.
The Decker lawsuit alleges he suffered a concussion, shoulder injury, generalized trauma, and injury to his neck, back, and left shoulder.
The lawsuit also indicated that Decker suffers from post-traumatic stress. He is suing for medical bills and loss of profits.
The employer is being sued for negligence – for hiring Shijirbaatar, not properly training him, not supervising him, and not keeping the tractor-trailer and equipment in working order – among other complaints.
U.S. District Judge Stephanie L. Haines will preside over the case.
The lawsuit was filed in Federal Court as opposed to the Bedford County Court of Common Pleas because it involves litigants from multiple states.
Although Shijirbaatar was initially considered a resident of El Paso, the lawsuit noted that he also resided in Baltimore.