Andrea Dearden Oct. 13, 2014, 3:36pm

A Tyler man claims General Motors is responsible for injuries he allegedly received when he lost control of his Cadillac and crashed into a ditch.

Clanton Fleetwood filed a complaint against General Motors LLC on Sept. 2 in the Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas.

Fleetwood says he was driving a 2006 Cadillac SRX on FM 2908 on Nov. 20, 2013. At the intersection with SH 31 in Smith County, Fleetwood "for unknown reasons lost control of the vehicle," continued through the intersection and into a ditch, the lawsuit reads.

Fleetwood contends he was properly seated and properly wearing his seat belt but "suffered serious injuries when his vehicle failed to protect him." He accuses the vehicle's manufacturer, General Motors LLC, of negligence for allegedly creating a vehicle with multiple defects including inadequate lower spine protection and faulty restraints.

Fleetwood asks to be awarded more than $75,000 in damages for pain and suffering, extreme emotional distress, mental anguish, impairment and disfigurement.

Attorneys E. Todd Tracy, Stewart D. Matthews and Andrew G. Counts of The Tracy Firm in Dallas represent Fleetwood.

Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number: 6:14-cv-00734-LED

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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