Texas woman claims motor vehicle wreck caused by driver falling asleep

By Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau | Nov 18, 2013

MARSHALL - Following a motor vehicle crash on Highway 31, a Texas woman has filed a lawsuit claiming that the accident was caused by the other driver falling asleep and rear-ending her vehicle.

Verta Ruth Eddington filed suit against Johnson & Johnson Finance Corp. on Nov. 11 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. 

The crash occurred on June 17 as Eddington was traveling westbound on State Highway 31. According to the lawsuit, an employee of the defendant’s, William Morris House III, allegedly fell asleep and rear-ended Eddington’s vehicle.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to control his speed, failing to keep a proper look-out, failing to properly apply his brakes, failing to take proper evasive action in order to avoid a collision, failing to maintain an assured clear distance, failing to stay awake, failing to stay in his lane of traffic, and violating laws and ordinances.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of $100,000 in damages for physical pain and mental anguish, medical expenses, lost wage earning capacity, physical impairment, disfigurement, interest and court costs.

Eddington is represented by Randy Akin of G. R. Randy Akin PC in Longview and Tyler attorney Keith Miller. A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 2:13-cv-00955

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