Failure to stay in lane leads to crash, lawsuit

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 23, 2012

A Groves man has filed suit against the driver who he claims caused a collision after failing to stay in a single lane.

Bryant Brandon claims he was riding in a vehicle Brandon Fontenot was driving on Franklin Street in Beaumont on March 5, 2010, when defendant Wendell D. Turner, who was driving a vehicle for defendants Eastham Forge and Rhodes and Lozier doing business as East Texas Truck Systems, struck the vehicle in which Brandon was riding.

Because of the collision, Brandon incurred medical costs, lost his earnings and earning capacity and sustained physical impairment, physical pain and mental anguish, according to the complaint filed Jan. 6 in Jefferson County District Court.

Turner negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to timely apply his brakes and failed to remain in a single lane of traffic, the suit states.

In his complaint, Brandon is seeking an unspecified judgment, plus pre-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Jonathan C. Juhan and J.J. Bragg of Beaumont will be representing him.

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

Case No. B191-636

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