Insurance company seeks $30K from driver

An insurance company has filed suit against the driver who it claims caused it to pay more than $30,000 to one of its insureds.

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. claims it provided insurance for Kacy Kovac when she was involved in a collision with defendant Efren Chapa on June 4, 2011.

The accident occurred as Kovac drove a vehicle towing a trailer east in the 5000 block of Interstate 30 South in Jefferson County. Suddenly, Chapa, who was driving an 18-wheeler in the lane next to Kovac, changed lanes without warning and struck Kovac's vehicle, causing it to overturn, according to the complaint filed Feb. 17 in Jefferson County District Court.

Because of the collision, Kovac sustained $36,633.57 worth of damages, the suit states. In turn, State Farm paid for Kovac's expenses.

State Farm says Chapa was responsible for the collision. He negligently changed lanes when it was not safe to do so, drove too fast, failed to keep a proper lookout and drove inattentively, the complaint says.

In its complaint, State Farm is seeking actual damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Aaron G. Koury of Carpenter and Schumacher in Plano will be representing it.

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

Case No. B191-978

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