Dallas attorney files suit over collision last summer in Galveston

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Apr 4, 2013

GALVESTON - A two-vehicle accident in Galveston last July has prompted a Dallas attorney and his wife to file a lawsuit.

Richard and Janice Pullman assert that the July 2, 2012, wreck near a barbeque restaurant on Broadway Boulevard was caused by Joseph Karmout and Sohiel Fareed Amari, according to court papers filed April 1 in Galveston County District Court.

The Pullmans and their son Michael were going to Leon's Barbeque to buy food for a holiday family dinner when defendant Karmout purportedly broadsided their Porsche Cayenne SUV.

According to the suit, the vehicle operated by Karmout "went right underneath" that of the complainants' near 55th Street and Broadway.

Janice Pullman sustained injuries while the son, a brain injury survivor who resides at the nearby TideWay rehabilitation facility, emerged unscathed but required assistance from law enforcement and emergency responders because of his inability to walk or speak.

The original petition does not elaborate on Richard Pullman's circumstances though it states that a Good Samaritan drove him back to his townhouse on the island.

Amari joins Karmout as a co-defendant because he is the insurance policyholder of the vehicle presumed to have triggered the subject collision.

GEICO, the Pullmans' insurer, is also being sued because it "rather than come to the table and properly negotiate" after receiving their claim.

The suit insists the complainants should be rewarded approximately $20,000 in damages.

Richard Pullman, who practices with Kessler Collins in Dallas, is representing himself and his spouse.

Galveston County 10th District Court Judge Kerry L. Neves is presiding over the litigation.

Case No. 13-CV-490

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