Woman blames driver for causing collision after disregarding stop sign

Kelly Holleran May 2, 2013, 1:50pm

A Beaumont woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims disregarded a stop sign and struck her vehicle. 

Nickole Lambert claims she was driving east on Cardinal Drive on April 9, 2011, when she decided to take the Highland Avenue exit. Afterward, she turned north onto Highland Avenue, according to the complaint filed April 8 in Jefferson County District Court.

At the same time, defendant Michael Dwayne Roach drove west on the service road of Cardinal Drive and was approaching Highland Avenue when Roach disregarded the stop sign and drove into the intersection, hitting Lambert’s vehicle, the suit states.

Because of the collision, Lambert experienced physical pain and mental anguish, lost wages and her earning capacity and suffered physical impairment and disfigurement, the complaint says. She also claims she incurred medical costs.

Lambert blames Roach for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to control the speed of his vehicle, drove in a careless and reckless manner, failed to timely apply his brakes, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to keep his vehicle under proper control, failed to pay full attention while driving, failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision and failed to yield the right-of-way.

In addition to Roach, Lambert names Jackie Swearingen as a defendant, saying she negligently entrusted her vehicle to a reckless and incompetent driver, according to the complaint.

In her complaint, Lambert is seeking actual damages, plus costs incurred due to the collision, costs of court, pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest legal interest rate and other relief the court deems just.

She will be represented by T. Christopher Lewis and Joshua Miller of Houston.

Case No. E194-224

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