State Farm, motorist accused of negligence and breach of contract

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Feb 12, 2018

ST. LOUIS — An insured motorist is suing Audra S. Gooch and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, driver and insurer, citing alleged negligence and breach of contract.

Rochelle Gilliam filed a complaint on Jan. 26 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against the defendants alleging that Gooch failed to exercise the highest degree of care while driving a vehicle.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Feb. 1, 2013 she was injured when the motor vehicle she was driving was struck by Gooch's vehicle, an underinsured motorist. She allegedly suffered serious and permanent injuries to her neck, back, legs and body; and was obligated to pay medical treatment expenses. 

The plaintiff holds Gooch and State Farm responsible because Gooch allegedly failed obey the red light traffic signal and failed to keep proper lookout, and State Farm wrongfully refused to pay Gilliam's  claim under the terms of her insurance contract with the company.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury; and seeks judgment against each defendant in an amount in excess of $25,000, costs of court, and all other relief that are just and proper. She is represented by R. Tyson Mutrux of Mutrux Finney PC in St. Louis.

St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1822-CC00179

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