Woman sued for failing to control her speed after rear-ending another vehicle

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Oct. 27, 2011, 11:28am

After rear-ending a truck on Interstate 10 in Beaumont, a jewelry saleswoman is being sued for failing to control her speed.

Jonathan Downey filed suit against Dawn M. Bachman, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. and R. Klein Jewelry Co. Inc. on Oct. 19 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

The incident occurred on Dec. 19, 2009, in Beaumont. Downey was driving his black Ford F-150 and was slowing for traffic, when he was rear-ended by Bachman. At the time of the accident, Bachman was working for defendant R. Klein Jewelry as a salesperson.

Bachman is accused of failing to control her speed, causing a serious crash, which damaged Downey's vehicle and caused serious injuries to Downey.

Defendant Bachman is also accused of negligence for failing to keep a proper lookout for Downey's safety, failing to keep such distance away from Downey's motor vehicle as a person using ordinary prudent care would have done, failing to apply her brakes in a timely manner and failing to control her speed, thereby rear-ending Downey's vehicle.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, physical impairment, loss of earnings, loss of household services, disfigurement, mental anguish, interest and court costs.

Downey is represented by Brett S. Thomas of Roebuck, Thomas, Roebuck & Adams, P.L.L.C. in Beaumont. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone is assigned to the case.

Case No. 1:11-cv-00542

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