Wheelchair rider sues driver for $1M after roadside collision

Carol Ostrow May 28, 2015, 2:19pm


A Jefferson County man brought a lawsuit against two individuals on allegations of negligence in 2014.

Brandon C. Veazie of Galveston filed suit against Traylin Marcus Martin and Rachel Denise Billups of Beaumont in Jefferson County District Court May 26, claiming liability in a July 2014 incident.

According to the complaint, Veazie sustained personal injuries and property damage in a July 3, 2014 incident. The suit states that Veazie was traveling east in a motorized wheelchair on the left side of the roadway when Martin backed out of his private driveway and struck the plaintiff in his wheelchair.

Veazie contends that the defendant failed to exercise ordinary care; and that he was injured due to Martin’s negligent, careless and reckless disregard for his safety. The filing cites the defendant for failing to keep a proper lookout; apply his brakes in a timely and prudent fashion; render assistance to the plaintiff after he was struck; and back out of his driveway safely.

The complaint cites Billups for allowing Martin to drive her vehicle; that she knew or should have known that he was an incompetent driver; and that her negligence was a proximate cause of Veazie’s damages.

Citing physical pain, suffering, and mental anguish; impairment; medical expenses, and property damage, the plaintiff seeks compensation exceeding $1 million or available alternative amounts; pre- and post-judgment interest; attorney’s fees; expenses, and costs.

The plaintiff is represented by attorneys J. Trenton Bond and Chris Portner of Portner*Bond in Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court Case A-197150

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