Failure to yield results in lawsuit over wreck

Kelly Holleran Feb. 14, 2011, 6:32am

A Nederland woman's decision to file suit against the driver she claims failed to yield the right-of-way may cost the driver significant sums of money.

Megan Vickers filed a lawsuit Feb. 3 in Jefferson County District Court against Sean Michael Suarez.

Vickers claims she drove through a flashing yellow light as she traveled south on Highway 347 on April 14, 2009. At the same time, Suarez attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Nederland Avenue after stopping at a flashing red light on Highway 347, according to the complaint. However, Suarez failed to yield the right-of-way to Vickers at the light, causing the collision, the suit states.

Because of the accident, Vickers incurred medical costs and experienced physical pain, suffering, impairment and mental anguish, the complaint says.

Vickers blames Suarez for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to maintain his speed, failed to timely apply his brakes to avoid a collision and failed to yield the right-of-way.

In her complaint, Vickers seeks a judgment within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre-judgment interest at the highest rate allowed by law, post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Jill S. Chatelain of McPherson, Hughes, Bradley, Wimberley, Steele and Chatelain in Port Arthur will be representing her.

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

Case No. B189-317

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