Rear-end collision on Hwy 90 leads to suit

Kelly Holleran Aug. 11, 2010, 8:44am

Two Louisiana residents have filed suit against the driver who they claim rear-ended their vehicle.

Geraldine and Cheryl Lewis claim they were riding in a 2003 Dodge Durango on Highway 90 in Jefferson County on Aug. 31, 2008, when defendant Christopher Andrew Bailey rear-ended the Durango.

Because of the collision, Geraldine Lewis sustained injuries to her left foot, back, shoulders, right leg, left knee and ankle while Cheryl Lewis sustained injuries to her neck, back, knee, head and body, according to the complaint filed Aug. 5 in Jefferson County District Court.

Both of the Lewises incurred medical costs; experienced physical pain, suffering and physical impairment; lost earnings and household services; and suffered disfigurement, the suit states. They also incurred property damages and sustained mental anguish, the complaint says.

The Lewises blame Bailey for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to turn his vehicle to the right or left to avoid a collision, failed to maintain a reasonable distance between his vehicle and the Lewises, drove too fast and failed to apply his brakes in a timely manner.

The Lewises are seeking a judgment within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, post-judgment interest at the legal rate,costs and other relief the court deems just.

Steve Dallas Johnson of Beaumont will be representing them.

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: E187-480.

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