Man files suit against driver blamed for rear-end crash

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 9, 2012

A Jasper County man has filed suit against the driver who he claims rear-ended the vehicle in which he was riding.

Gary Hinson claims he was riding in a vehicle traveling south on U.S. Highway 96 when the driver stopped at a traffic light.

Suddenly, defendant Michael Minix, who was driving a 2000 Ford F350 pickup owned by defendant Fesco, failed to control his speed and rear-ended the vehicle in which Hinson was riding, according to the complaint filed Dec. 15 in Jefferson County District Court.

Because of the collision, Hinson experienced physical pain, suffering and mental anguish and lost wages and his earning capacity, the suit states. In addition, he suffered physical impairment and disfigurement and incurred medical costs, the complaint says.

Hinson blames Minix for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to control his speed, failed to keep a safe stopping distance between his vehicle and Hinson's, failed to stop for a traffic signal and failed to pay attention to traffic ahead.

In his complaint, Hinson seeks a judgment in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Sandee L. Hart of Hart Law in Orange will be representing him.

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

Case No. B191-482

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