Trial over auto wreck begins in Jefferson County

David Yates Mar. 23, 2010, 5:30am

Four years ago, Jennifer Taylor allegedly failed to apply her brakes in time and struck Murrel Merchant's vehicle.

On Tuesday, March 23, a Jefferson County jury will be tasked to decide if Taylor negligently caused the automobile collision.

In his suit, Merchant says the May 3, 2006, "collision occurred because of the recklessness and carelessness of Taylor."

"Plaintiff suffered severe personal injuries as a proximate result of the negligent acts of defendant," the suit states. "Therefore, the plaintiff will ask the jury to find an amount of compensatory damages that are fair and reasonable under the circumstances."

The suit does not give specifics on where or how the incident occurred, nor does the suit describe Merchant's alleged injuries.

Farmers Texas County Mutual Insurance Co. is also a defendant in the case.

In its response, the insurance company denies all of the plaintiff's allegations.
Merchant is asking jurors to award him damages for his past and future emotional distress, medical expenses and lost wages.

He is represented by Reaud, Morgan & Quinn attorney Mary Bradford.

The defendants are represented by attorney Mitch Templeton of the Chambers, Templeton, Cashiola & Thomas law firm.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd Judicial District, is presiding over the trial.

Case No. A181-192

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