Last January, Michael Guilbeau literally started the New Year with a bang, as a Beaumont resident ran a red light and collided with his vehicle.

Guilbeau, a Vidor resident, filed a personal injury lawsuit against Anthony Weber on Dec. 14 in Jefferson County District Court, claiming the defendant negligently failed to yield the right-of-way.

According to his suit, on Jan. 5, 2008, Guilbeau was traveling on Franklin Street at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive when Weber "failed to stop at a red light and slammed into the plaintiff, thereby causing the negligent collision ... and resulting injuries."

"On the occasion in question, defendant was guilty of negligence ... and as a direct result, Guilbeau has suffered with severe low back and left side pain, with soreness to the body in general," the suit states, adding that if Guilbeau suffered from pre-existing conditions, they were painless and symptom free conditions prior to the crash.

Guilbeau is suing for past and future medical expenses, lost earnings, impairment, pain and mental anguish.

He is represented by attorney Jonathan Juhan.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th Judicial District, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D185-479

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