David Yates Oct. 26, 2015, 5:18pm


The trial of a lawsuit brought by a Louisiana man claiming he sustained injuries when a driver rear-ended his vehicle has been reset due to the plaintiff’s attorney having missing family in Pakistan.

Through Houston attorney Aftab Sharif, Nazir Muhommad filed a lawsuit May 17, 2013, in Jefferson County District Court against Charles Wayne Deville.

The case was set to go to trial Oct. 26 but was reset at Sharif’s request, according to a courthouse official, who says Sharif has not had contact with 16 family members in Pakistan after a earthquake rocked the region.

News reports have the death toll at more than 200 people as of Oct. 26.

The suit alleges Muhommad was driving his vehicle on Oct. 26, 2011, in Jefferson County when Deville rear-ended his vehicle.

Deville was driving a vehicle owned by Englobal Systems at the time of the incident, according to the petition.

Because of the collision, Muhommad incurred medical costs, lost his earning capacity, suffered pain and mental anguish and endured physical disfigurement and physical impairment, according to the complaint.

Muhommad blames Deville for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to timely apply his brakes to avoid a collision, drove too fast and failed to turn to avoid a collision.

In his complaint, Muhommad seeks actual damages, plus post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

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

Case No. B194-355

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