Suit seeks restitution for Katy man's 'traumatic' injuries resulting from Brookshire wreck

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Aug 25, 2013

HOUSTON - A Fort Bend man is suing over an alleged two-vehicle accident that caused him "a minor traumatic brain injury."

In a lawsuit filed Aug. 21 in Houston federal court, Jeffrey Gilliland claims Paul Frederick Dabler rear-ended him with a tractor-trailer in Waller County on Nov. 2, 2012.

Prior to the subject event, Gilliland was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 outside of Brookshire when he came to a controlled and complete stop behind halted highway traffic.

Dabler, meanwhile, was in the far left lane of the same roadway.

Court papers allege that "despite having more than enough time to see and react to stopped traffic," Dabler "violently" rear-ended Gilliland's vehicle and caused it to roll multiple times until it came to a rest against a utility pole in the highway median.

Gilliland was "physically, mentally, emotionally and cognitively" injured and was transported to Christus St. Catherine Hospital in Katy with "multiple areas of trauma," chief among them the aforementioned brain injury as well as that to his neck.

Joining Dabler as a co-defendant is U.S. Xpress Inc. since it owned and operated the tractor-trailer which purportedly triggered the wreck.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks more than $75,000 in damages.

He is represented by attorney William K. Adams of The Adams Law Firm in Katy.

Case No. 4:13-CV-2450

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