Man claims emergency room visit after driver ran red light

Kelly Holleran Nov. 16, 2012, 1:11pm

An Orange County man claims he incurred medical costs after a driver ran a red light and collided with his vehicle. 

Bryan Swigert filed a lawsuit Nov. 6 in Jefferson County District Court against Denzel Richard.

In his complaint, Swigert claims he drove east in the 1500 block of the Interstate 10 service road approaching its intersection with the 1400 block of Spur 380 on Jan. 4 when Richard, who drove north in the 1400 block, ran a red light and struck Swigert’s vehicle.

Because of the collision, Swigert suffered substantial physical injuries and was transported by Beaumont EMS to the emergency room and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint. In addition, he sustained mental anguish, physical pain, suffering and disability; lost his enjoyment of life; lost his earning capacity; and endured physical impairment, the suit states.

Richard negligently failed to drive in a reasonable manner, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to yield the right-of-way, failed to control his speed and failed to stop at a red light, the complaint says.

In his complaint, Swigert is seeking an unspecified judgment, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief the court deems just.

Clay Dugas of Beaumont will be representing him.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. E193-561

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