Woman claims rear-end collision caused neck, back pain

By Kelly Holleran | Mar 2, 2010

A woman has filed suit against the driver who allegedly struck the rear of the vehicle in which she was riding.

Michelle Finney claims she was riding in a vehicle Patrick Miller was driving east on Interstate 10 on April 5, 2008. Miller began to slow down when defendant Katie Frazier failed to control her speed and rear-ended Miller's vehicle, according to the complaint filed Feb. 22 in Jefferson County District Court.

Because of the accident, Finney suffered neck, back, bilateral arm, right knee, right foot, left shoulder, left elbow and body pain and incurred medical costs, the suit states. In addition, she suffered great physical pain, suffering and mental anguish, the complaint says.

Finney blames Frazier for causing the accident, saying she failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to timely apply her brakes, failed to avoid the incident in question, failed to control her speed, failed to maintain her vehicle and failed to drive as a reasonable and prudent person would have under the circumstances.

Finney is seeking a judgment in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, actual damages and general and special relief, plus costs and pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest legal rate.

She will be represented by David J. LaRite of Loncar and Associates in Beaumont.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: E186-086.

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