Woman blames neck injury on unsafe lane change

Kelly Holleran Aug. 3, 2012, 4:35am


A woman claims she sustained neck and shoulder injuries after a driver failed to make a safe lane change and struck her vehicle.

Guadalupe Badillo and Maria Rodriguez filed a lawsuit July 25 in Jefferson County District Court against Crystal Walker.

In their complaint, Badillo and Rodriguez allege Badillo drove Rodriguez's 2002 Dodge Intrepid south on Gulf Street on March 29, 2011, when Walker decided to change lanes and crashed into the Intrepid.

Because of the collision, Badillo sustained physical pain, suffering and mental anguish; lost her earning capacity; and incurred medical costs, the suit states. She also suffered physical impairment, the complaint says.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez incurred property damages because her Intrepid was totaled during the collision.

Badillo and Rodriguez blame Walker for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to timely apply her brakes, failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to drive in a safe manner, failed to maintain control of the vehicle, failed to keep a safe distance, failed to take evasive action to avoid a collision and made an unsafe lane change.

In their complaint, Badillo and Rodriguez seek an unspecified judgment, plus interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Tom Oxford of Waldman Smallwood in Beaumont will be representing them.

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

Case No. B192-735

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