Left turn from outside lane leads to crash, lawsuit

Kelly Holleran Oct. 25, 2010, 9:26am

A Beaumont woman claims the driver of a tractor trailer struck the passenger side of her vehicle, causing "a serious injury-producing incident."

Lonnie Scott filed a lawsuit Oct. 15 in Jefferson County District Court against Eddie Egan Jr. and Altom Transport

Scott claims she attempted to navigate a left-hand turn in her 1988 Chevrolet Astro from Gulfway Drive in Port Arthur on June 9 when Egan, who also tried to make a left turn but from the outside lane, struck the passenger side of Scott's vehicle.

"Due to Defendant Eddie Egan Jr.'s negligent operation of his tractor trailer, and Defendant Alton Transport, Inc.'s negligent entrustment of the tractor trailer to Defendant Eddie Egan Jr., Plaintiff Lonnie Scott suffered severe, permanent and disabling injuries requiring extensive and ongoing medical treatment," the suit states.

In addition to her injuries, Scott suffered extreme physical pain, suffering, mental anguish and physical incapacity, the complaint says.

Scott blames Egan for causing the accident, saying he negligently failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to come to a stop before hitting her vehicle and failed to yield the right-of-way. In addition, Egan failed to maintain proper control of his tractor trailer, according to the complaint.

Scott says Altom Transport is also partially responsible for her injuries because they negligently entrusted a vehicle to Egan and failed to properly supervise Egan's driving.

In her complaint, Scott seeks an unspecified judgment, plus interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Michael Nacol and Lori L. Brown of The Law Offices of Michael Nacol will be representing her.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Jefferson County District Court case number: B188-615

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