A Smith County woman is suing over claims she was injured while riding in a Nissan that ran off the road, despite wearing her seat belt.

Megan Heiman filed a lawsuit Oct. 9 in the Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Nissan Motor Co., citing negligence.

According to the complaint, Heiman was riding in a 2013 Nissan Versa traveling northbound on FM 2636 on April 6, when the vehicle lost control, left the roadway, and struck an embankment. Heiman says despite wearing her seat belt, she sustained serious injuries when the vehicle failed to protect her. The complaint states the vehicle in question to be unreasonably dangerous and defective, violating principles of crash-worthiness, the seat belt restraint system did not provide adequate protection and the passenger seat was weak. The defendant is accused of negligence in failing to conduct proper testing.

Heiman seeks more than $75,000 in damages, interest and costs of suit. She is represented by attorneys E. Todd Tracy, Stewart Matthews and Andrew G. Counts of The Tracy Firm in Dallas.

Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number: 6:14-cv-00792-JDL

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