A family has filed suit against the estate of a deceased man, claiming that they sustained personal injuries after he rear-ended their vehicle.

According to the suit filed on January 9 in Illinois’ St. Clair County Circuit Court, Kurt Hobbs was driving a Toyota Sequoia with his wife and minor son, Angela and Matthew Hobbs, as passengers on January 10, 2007 when the collision took place.

At the time, the family’s vehicle had come to a stop at a red light when a Grand Marquis driven by Golden Barton collided with the rear of their vehicle.

Angela Hobbs claims the crash caused her to sustain permanent injuries to her lower back, including nerve damage, and has become disabled. She also claims to have incurred medical bills and suffered disfigurement and a loss of enjoyment of life.

The suit alleges Matthew Hobbs suffered injuries to his muscles and nerves, experienced pain and suffering, disability, lost enjoyment of life, and lost earning capacity, and he and his parents have incurred medical expenses.

Kurt Hobbs claims the crash caused him to suffer injuries to his muscles and nerves and experience the loss of care, comfort, and consortium of Angela Hobbs.

The suit alleges negligence on the part of Barton for failure to maintain a proper lookout and proper control of his vehicle.

According to the Hobbs, Barton died on May 30, 2007, but no estate was opened until after they petitioned the court as to a creditor. On January 9, an estate was opened for Barton, so the family filed suit against the estate, according to the claim.

The Hobbs seek damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs, from the three-count suit.

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