La. residents sue Houston taxi company over collision

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Oct. 14, 2013, 5:11pm

HOUSTON - Two Louisiana residents claim they rode a taxi cab which ended up in a two-vehicle accident, recent court papers say.

Nelda D. McManus, of Westlake, La., and Thomas J. Davis, of Oakdale, La., are suing Greater Houston Transportation Co. and Katy resident Mohammad Tauheed, one of its drivers, over the Oct. 16, 2012, wreck in question.

Their lawsuit was filed Oct. 11 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas.

McManus and Davis were passengers in the defendant's cab driven by Tauheed when they were traveling southbound in the 7100 block of Main Street in Houston.

According to the suit, Tauheed ran a red light and sent the aforementioned cab into another vehicle that was on nearby Pressler Street.

"As a result of the accident, the plaintiffs sustained significant physical injury," the original petition says.

An arbitration hearing held last July 18 determined that Tauheed "to be 100% at fault" for the subject incident.

"A very cautious or prudent taxi cab operator exercising a high standard of care would not have failed to stop at a traffic light while transporting passengers," the suit says.

Each claimant consequently seeks $75,000 and a jury trial.

They are represented by attorney Michael Reese Davis of Hymel Davis & Petersen, L.L.C. in Baton Rouge, La.

Case No. 4:13-CV-3011

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