Mauriceville woman sue driver, insurer over rear-end collision

By Kelly Holleran | Mar 13, 2012


A Mauriceville woman alleges she incurred medical costs after a driver rear-ended the automobile in which she rode.

Sandra Darlene Welch filed a lawsuit March 2 in Jefferson County District Court against Hannah Rebekah Klauss, Consumers County Mutual Insurance Co. and Mendota Insurance Co.

In her complaint, Welch alleges she was riding in a vehicle her husband was driving at the intersection of Walden Road and Interstate 10 on April 17, 2010, when her husband came to a complete stop at a stop sign.

Klauss, who was driving east on Walden Road, failed to control her speed and struck the back of the vehicle in which Welch was riding, according to the complaint.

In addition to the medical costs she incurred, Welch experienced physical pain, suffering, physical impairment, disfigurement and mental anguish because of the collision, the suit states.

At the time of the collision, Welch had insurance through Consumers and Mendota. She now wants to be paid under her policy, which was supposed to provide coverage for her in the case of a collision with an underinsured driver.

In her complaint, Welch is seeking a judgment 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 the court deems just.

She will be represented by Steve Parkhurst of Dies and Parkhurst in Orange.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Case No. A192-043

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