In December 2007, Carlton Bellard sued Beaumont Frame and Front End Service, claiming the company failed to properly service his truck's brakes and subsequently caused him to rear-end another vehicle.
On Nov. 29 Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, granted Beaumont Frame's motion for summary judgment, dismissing the defendant from the suit.
A hearing on the matter was slated to be held in his courtroom. A court official told the Southeast Texas Record the hearing was nixed, as Judge Wortham decided to grant the motion.
Court papers show that on Dec. 13, 2005, Beaumont Frame and Front End Service was hired to check and repair the brakes on a 2000, Ford F-450 work truck. The repairs were completed and the vehicle was released to Bellard's employer the following day.
"On Dec. 15, 2005, in Orange County...Bellard was within the course and scope of his employment... traveling on IH-l0 when his brakes failed, causing him to rear-end a vehicle," the suit said.
"Defendant Beaumont Frame and Front End Service failed to properly repair and inspect said vehicle, resulting in the injuries and damages complained of herein."
In his suit, Bellard claimed the alleged "negligence and carelessness of the defendant" caused him to injure his neck, "which required surgery."
Conversely, Beaumont Frame argued there was no evidence to support his claims.
Bellard was suing for past and future medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, physical impairment, disfigurement, pain and mental anguish.
He is represented by Beaumont attorney Jonathan Juhan.
Beaumont Frame is represented by Houston attorney Jason Powers.
Case No. E180-878