Suit blamed on failure to yield

Kelly Holleran Aug. 9, 2012, 10:46am

A Kountze man claims he sustained head, neck and back injuries after a driver failed to yield the right-of-way.

Burton Wilson filed a lawsuit July 31 in Jefferson County District Court against Justin Washington.

In his complaint, Wilson claims he drove south in the 900 block of Seventh Street on Aug. 16, 2010, when Washington, who drove west in the 2800 block of Long failed to yield at a stop sign, striking Wilson and causing Wilson to slide into a wooden Entergy pole.

In addition to his injuries, Wilson incurred medical costs; experienced physical pain, suffering, physical impairment and disfigurement; and lost earnings and his earning capacity, according to the complaint. Wilson also endured mental anguish because of the collision, the suit states.

Wilson blames Washington for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to maintain a safe distance between his vehicle and Wilson's and drove too fast.

In his complaint, Wilson is seeking a judgment within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Jeffrey T. Roebuck of Roebuck, Thomas, Roebuck and Adams in Beaumont will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Case No. D192-761

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