Suit follows crash between Neon and Trail Blazer

Kelly Holleran Jun. 23, 2010, 2:37pm

A Jefferson County woman claims she incurred medical costs after a driver rear-ended her vehicle.

Lachelle Lavalais filed a lawsuit June 11 in Jefferson County District Court against Jose Carvajal.

Lavalais claims she drove a 2003 black Dodge Neon on Oct. 22, 2009, when Carvajal, who drove a 2003 Chevy Trail Blazer, failed to control his speed and struck the back of the Neon.

In addition to the medical costs, Lavalais lost wages and her earning capacity and suffered mental anguish, physical pain and physical impairment because of the collision, according to the complaint.

Lavalais blames Carvajal for causing the accident, saying he failed to properly apply his brakes, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to keep proper control of his vehicle, failed to yield the right-of-way and drove inattentively.

In her complaint, Lavalais seeks actual damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law and other relief the court deems just.

Clay Dugas and Mike JacobEllis of Dugas and Associates in Beaumont will be representing her.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: E187-065.

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