Beaumont man gets rear-ended then strikes 18 wheeler

Kelly Holleran Aug. 6, 2011, 11:00am

A Beaumont man claims he suffered head, neck and back injuries after a driver rear-ended his vehicle, pushing him into an 18-wheeler in front of him.

Christobal Hinojosa filed a lawsuit July 26 in Jefferson County District Court against David Hynes and Controlled Fluids.

In his complaint, Hinojosa claims he drove slowly and headed westbound on U.S. 90 in Beaumont on May 24 to accompany a paver machine when Hynes, who drove a vehicle for Controlled Fluids in the same direction, failed to control his speed and struck the back of Hinojosa's vehicle.

"The collision caused Plaintiff's vehicle to travel south and collide with the rear of an 18-wheeler, causing damage to the front of Plaintiff's vehicle," the suit states.

In addition to his injuries, Hinojosa suffered severe pain and discomfort and incurred medical costs, the complaint says. He also claims he sustained mental anguish, physical impairment, physical pain, suffering and disability; lost his enjoyment of life; and lost his earning capacity.

Hinojosa blames Hynes for causing the collision, saying he negligently sped, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to timely apply his brakes and failed to keep a safe distance behind traffic, according to the complaint.

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

Clay Dugas and Mike Jacobellis of Beaumont will be representing him.

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

Case No. B190-571

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