A Galveston man claims he incurred medical costs after a driver veered into the road in front of him, causing a collision.

John Wood Jr. filed a lawsuit Dec. 2 in Jefferson County District Court against Janis Howard.

Wood claims he drove on Highway 365 and Twin City Highway in Port Arthur on March 16 when Howard pulled out of HEB's parking lot directly in front of Wood, causing the collision.

In addition to his medical costs, Wood experienced physical pain, suffering and physical impairment and lost his earnings and his earning capacity, according to his complaint. In addition, he suffered disfigurement and mental anguish, the suit states.

Wood blames Howard for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to turn her motor vehicle to the right or left to avoid a collision, failed to stop or yield at the intersection and failed to enter the intersection only when she could safely do so.

In his complaint, Wood seeks a judgment for damages within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre- judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief to which he may be entitled.

Brett S. Thomas of Roebuck, Thomas, Roebuck and Adams in Beaumont will be representing him.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B188-905

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