Bus accident results in lawsuit

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 14, 2009

VIDALIA — A lawsuit has been filed against the driver in an October bus accident.

On Oct. 8, the school bus James Cockerham was driving collided into the rear end of a garbage truck on U.S. 84 near the Vidalia Walmart.

Cockerham was critically injured, receiving a deep gash to his face that severed an artery and breaking his legs. Two students on the bus sustained broken bones, and dozens of others were taken to local hospitals for small to moderate injuries.

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Following an investigation by the Louisiana State Police, Cockerham was cited for the accident.

On Tuesday, Bradley and Teresa Price filed a lawsuit against Cockerham, State Farm Insurance Company and any unknown insurance company that might have a stake in the matter.

Cockerham was insured by State Farm at the time of the accident.

The suit alleges that the Price’s minor daughter, Lessley Farmer, was on the bus at the time of the accident and, “has suffered physical pain and suffering, as well as mental pain and anguish and medical bills.”

The suit also alleges that Cockerham and State Farm “have been arbitrary and capricious in their refusal to pay in full (the) plaintiff’s claims for personal damages despite amicable demand.”

Because of their allegations, the petition requests that the claims be paid with interest, penalties and attorney’s fees.

The suit did not specify an amount of money sought, and it did not specify what physical pain Farmer may have suffered.

The plaintiffs are represented by Ferriday attorney Brent Gore.