The hall of famed UFC Matt Hughes suffered severe injuries in an almost fatal train accident in 2017. He is now following the company he claims to have caused the crash.
Hughes, through his lawyers, claims that the Norfolk Southern Railroad and several of its employees were negligent in not alerting motorists to dangerous crossing conditions where its Chevrolet Z71 truck collided with a northbound train.
According to a complaint filed in June in Montgomery County (Illinois) District Court, Hughes' attorneys claim that Norfolk Southern Railroad did not have adequate crossing signs and knew it "posed a serious risk to the public and to the public" its visibility.
Hughes' attorneys also claim that the former UFC middleweight champion was legally driving when his car was struck and "tossed dozens of legs", resulting in "severe, progressive and permanent brain and body injuries" ", according to the complaint.
Norfolk Southern Railway denies Hughes' claims. The company claims that there have been enough warnings and claim that UFC Hall of Famer actions led to the incident.
Norfolk Defense Defender Charles Swartworth claims Hughes failed to stop his truck at a safe distance and did not warn from the "clearly visible" train. Swartwout claims Hughes failed to cede the right of way and "knowingly drove his vehicle on the railroad crossing." The lawyer also claims Hughes was talking on a cellphone at the time of the crash.
Hughes' son, Joey Hughes, indicated that his father may have used a cellphone during the incident. In an interview on the UFC documentary "A Strange Boy Can Survive," he told Hughes, "I don't know if he was on his phone or what happened, but he never stopped."
Norfolk asked for a court case and requested that the case be dismissed. The Virginia-based trucking company has been the focus of several safety-related cases over the last two decades. In 2014, he reached a multimillion-dollar agreement with the parents of two boys who were killed by a train while walking on a rail, according to The Roanoke Times.
Hughes' attorneys argue that the fighter has lost profits and profit capacity and will require ongoing medical care and care for his extensive injuries, which include traumatic brain damage, recurrent fever, depression, anxiety, seizures and loss of memory. .
"The injuries he suffered caused his personality to change his marriage and relations with friends and family were strained," the complaint said.
The complaint also notes the damage suffered by Audra Hughes for medical expenses and treatment "for which she will be liable now and in the future" and "the society, society and relations with her husband from whom she is deprived."  The case was filed four months after Matt Hughes filed for divorce from Audra Hughes, who last December received a restraining order against her estranged husband, alleging domestic violence; Matt Hughes filed a mediation order earlier this month.
The restraining order was one of two filed against Matt Hughes by close members of his family. He recently agreed to an agreement with his twin brother, Mark Hughes, who accused him of being a rude son in a tractor dispute.
Following allegations of domestic violence, Matt Hughes issued a statement attributing his family problems to the physical difficulties he faced as he recovered from the incident. Through his lawyer, Mark Hughes agreed with his brother's statement and hoped they would reconcile in the future.