Motorcyclist claims driver left him incapacitated following collision

Kelly Holleran Mar. 25, 2013, 1:59pm

A motorcycle driver has filed suit against the driver who he claims failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign and struck him. 

Joseph Guillory claims he was driving his motorcycle through the intersection of DeQueen Boulevard and Bluebonnet Avenue on June 23 when defendant Darius Clifton failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign and struck his motorcycle.

“The defendant driver attempted to conceal his identity as the driver of the 18-wheeler before the police were able to respond to the scene by attempting to switch plates with the passenger of the 18-wheeler,” the suit filed March 11 in Jefferson County District Court states. “All this while, Joseph Guillory lay on the ground, incapacitated from his injuries.”

Because of the collision, Guillory sustained back and neck injuries, incurred medical costs, lost wages and his earning capacity and endured mental anguish and physical pain and suffering, according to the complaint.

Guillory blames Clifton for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to maintain complete control of his vehicle, drove too fast, failed to yield the right-of-way, drove in a negligent and unsafe manner and drove inattentively.

He also names Enterprise as a defendant, saying it was responsible for the truck it lent Clifton, which he was driving at the time of the collision.

In his complaint, Guillory is seeking actual and exemplary or punitive damages, plus pre-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Clay Dugas and Reggie Blakeley of Clay Dugas and Associates in Beaumont will be representing him.

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

Case No. D194-138

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