Suit says driver caused multi-car wreck by changing lanes unexpectedly

Kelly Holleran Feb. 10, 2011, 5:00am


A Texas man claims he had to undergo spinal decompression following a multi-car collision.

Don E. Page Jr. filed a lawsuit Feb. 3 in Jefferson County District Court against Justin Andrew Franklin, Motorola and Samuel Junior Pilkington.

Page claims he drove north on the inside lane of State Highway 73 on Dec. 29 when Franklin, who drove a vehicle for Motorola, suddenly switched into Page's lane. As a result of Franklin's action, Page had to slam on his brakes to avoid hitting him, according to the complaint.

Pilkington was closely following Page when Page slammed on his brakes, the suit states.

"Pilkington struck Plaintiff from behind sending Plaintiff through three lanes of traffic," the complaint says.

Because of the collision, Page claims he incurred severe back injuries, causing him to undergo spinal decompression and had to begin visiting an orthopedic doctor for treatment.

In addition, Page suffered pain, emotional distress and mental anguish, according to the complaint.

Page blames Franklin and Pilkington for causing the collision, saying they negligently failed to control their speeds, failed to keep proper lookouts, failed to drive safely and failed to maintain a safe distance from Page.

In his complaint, Page seeks a judgment in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Kurt B. Arnold and M. Paul Skrabanek of Arnold and Itkin in Houston will be representing him.

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

Case No. B189-313

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