Man injured jumping off mini Segway, sues Sonic Automotive

David Yates Dec. 16, 2015, 5:01pm


BEAUMONT – An Orange man is suing Sonic Automotive of Texas for injuries he received while trying to jump off a mini Segway.

Seeking less than $200,000 in damages, Carl Miles filed the suit on Dec. 7 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 2 Miles was shopping at Philpot Toyota in Nederland when one of the defendant’s employees “pressured” him into ridding a mini Segway.

Miles insists he declined multiple times but eventually relented. After riding around the premises, Miles asked an employee how to get off the vehicle and was told to “just jump off,” the suit states.

“As plaintiff attempted to get off, the mini Segway slipped from under his feet and (threw him) backwards,” the suit states. “Plaintiff landed and injured his elbow, wrist and body in general as a result of the fall.”

Miles accuses the defendant of failing to warn him of the dangerous condition.

He is suing for his past and future mental anguish, pain, medical expenses and impairment.

Beaumont attorney Cody Rees represents him.

Judge Kent Walston, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A-197916

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