An Orange County man sued a company and its staffer for alleged vehicular liability in 2015.

William Vanbenthuysen filed a claim against Advanced Electronics Inc. of Lubbock and Michael Eugene of Beaumont in Jefferson County District Court May 21, claiming negligence in an April 2015 automobile collision.

According to papers filed, Vanbenthuysen was making an u-turn on Eastex Freeway next to Dowlen Road on or about April 20, when Eugene, acting in the course of his employment with Advanced Electronics, was traveling behind him. The complaint states that the defendant failed to control his car and struck the rear of Vanbenthuysen’s vehicle.

The plaintiff cites severe personal injuries including neck, back and general body pain. The grievance cites Eugene, and proximately, his employer, for failing to control his speed; drive safely; maintain a proper lookout; stay alert; apply his brakes properly; and swerve or turn to avoid the collision. Vanbenthuysen holds Advanced Electronics responsible for negligent entrustment, arguing that they allowed an incompetent driver to handle their vehicle and citing them for negligent hiring.

Citing physical pain and suffering, mental anguish; lost wages and earning capacity; impairment and disfigurement; and medical expenses, the plaintiff seeks compensation in excess of $1 million plus pre- and post-judgment interest; attorney’s fees; expenses, and costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Cade Bernsen and Cody Rees of Bernsen Law Firm, Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court Case E-197144

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