Woman claims motorist failed to yield right of way

By Philip Gonzales | Jul 12, 2016

PRINCETON — A woman is suing Dennis William Thomason Jr., a Bluefield resident, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries.

PRINCETON — A woman is suing Dennis William Thomason Jr., a Bluefield resident, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries.

Sarah Grose filed a complaint on June 17 in Mercer Circuit Court against Dennis William Thomason Jr., alleging that the Bluefield resident breached and violated applicable provisions of the West Virginia Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Nov. 18, 2014, she was then six months pregnant and was with her husband in their family vehicle on College Avenue in Bluefield when the defendant caused a T-bone collision between the defendant's vehicle and her vehicle. Due to the accident, she has suffered soft tissue injuries to her back, neck, and wrist, medical expenses and a diminished value of her Toyota SUV, she alleges. The plaintiff holds the defendant responsible because he allegedly failed to maintain proper control of his vehicle, failed to obey a stop sign, failed to yield right of way and failed to exercise the standard of care required of a reasonable prudent driver.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, compensation for her underinsured motorist carrier, attorney's fees and costs and, if applicable, compensatory damages for the diminished value of her motor vehicle. She is represented by William Flanigan of Sanders, Austin & Flanigan in Princeton.

Mercer Circuit Court Case number 16-C-199-DS

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