David Yates Aug. 9, 2013, 2:02pm

Discovery is now underway in a suit against the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, doing business as Splash Transport.

The suit was brought by a man claiming he was injured in an automobile collision due to the negligence of one of its truck drivers.

As previously reported, Frank and Paula Crall filed the suit May 13 in Jefferson County District Court. Mitchell Lowe is also named as a defendant.

Court records show that a certificate of discovery was filed May 31, showing that Splash Transport served the plaintiffs with its interrogatories and requests for production.

According to the lawsuit, on March 14 Frank was in the turnaround lane on Dowlen Road in Beaumont when Lowe, who was operating a truck owned by Splash Transport and in the course and scope of his employment, rear-ended him.

The suit accuses Lowe of negligently failing to stay alert and further alleges Splash Transport was negligent in failing to employ a safe and competent driver.

Frank is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment and lost wages.

His wife is suing for loss of consortium and services.

Beaumont attorney Mark Frasher represents them.

Germer Gertz attorney Karen Bennett of Beaumont represents Splash Transport.

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

Case No. B194-332

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