Man files suit against driver

by Kelly Holleran |
Jan. 19, 2013, 1:23pm

A man claims he incurred medical costs after a driver struck his vehicle.

Michael Goetten filed a lawsuit Jan. 4 in Jefferson County District Court against Eric Jones.

In his complaint, Goetten alleges he was driving east at the 1100 block of Highway 73 on Jan. 8, 2011, when Jones suddenly failed to control his vehicle and struck Goetten.

Because of the collision, Goetten incurred medical costs, lost his earnings and his earning capacity, suffered physical pain and mental anguish and endured physical impairment and physical disfigurement, according to the complaint.

Goetten blames Jones for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to keep proper control of his vehicle, failed to control his speed, failed to timely apply his brakes, failed to take evasive action and failed to use the same care a reasonably prudent person would.

In his complaint, Goetten seeks actual and punitive damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest legal rate and other relief the court deems just.

Ryan M. Schaper of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Case No. E193-791

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