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Winchester woman files suit over accident injuries

By Joe Beck

A Winchester woman filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg for injuries she says she suffered in an accident on Oct. 18, 2010 on Interstate 81.

The complaint by Linda Bruce asks for $820,000 in damages against Carole Mueller of Lexington, S.C.

The case was transferred to federal court from Frederick County Circuit Court. Online records show the case was filed in Frederick County on Aug. 22.

The complaint states that Mueller was heading north on U.S. 11 in her 2006 Buick Lucerne as Bruce was exiting I-81 in a 2002 Toyota. Bruce and the vehicle next to her entered the intersection of I-81 and US. 11 after a traffic light turned green, according to the complaint.

"Suddenly and without warning, Mueller ran the red light at the intersection ... and crashed into the side of Bruce's car, pushing her into another vehicle," the complaint states.

The collision left Bruce with "serious and permanent injuries," the complaint states. It also cites "great pain," mental anguish, inconvenience, humiliation, embarrassment, lost wages and loss of earning capacity." She will also face future hospital and doctor's bills that must be paid as she tries to heal from her injuries, according to the complaint.

The complaint accuses Mueller of negligent driving and lists several factors that contributed to the collision. They include failure to keep a proper lookout; failure to give full time and attention to the operation of her car; failure to stop her car in time to avoid a collision; failure to obey a traffic light and yield the right of way; and failure to keep the car under proper control.

Bruce's attorney in the case is Barbara S. Williams of Leesburg.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com


This sounds completely bogus to me. Isn't there a certain amount of time after an accident that you have to seek medical attention? Sounds like to me this woman is looking for a payout for other medical expenses. She shouldn't have waited this long.

I'm sure she wishes she had never been hit. And is being forced to sue to make ends meet.

Most likely she deserves every penny and more. If you've ever been subjected to hospital bills, then you would know that they come out of nowhere and are often incorrect.

Driving is serious business. If you are driving and maim someone for life, you should pay in both criminal and civil courts.

Just saying 'sorry, i didn't mean to' doesn't cut it.

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