BRENDA BROWN, CLINTON STACKER, AND KEIOTIA BROWN, INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF HER MINOR CHILDREN, DWAYNE BROWN, XYRIEL BROWN AND TREY' JON WATSON
HOMER SARGENT, EVANS ENVIRONMENTAL AND GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT, LLC, DISCOVERY PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE CO., ENTERPRISE LEASING CO.
FROM CIVIL DISTRICT COURT, ORLEANS PARISH NO. 20008-02048,
DIVISION "E" Honorable Clare Jupiter, Judge
Brown PLAINTIFF/APPELLANT/IN PROPER PERSON
Powe Green Brittany F. Mallion GREEN LAW FIRM, P.A. COUNSEL
composed of Judge Edwin A. Lombard, Judge Daniel L. Dysart,
Judge Paula A. Brown
L. DYSART JUDGE.
Brown appeals the involuntary dismissal of her lawsuit by the
trial court. For the reasons that follow, we affirm.
February 25, 2007, the vehicle which Ms. Brown was driving
was struck from behind by a vehicle being driven by Homer
Sargent, as she was stopped at a red light on Bayou Road at
N. Broad Street in New Orleans. Mr. Sargent was working for
Evans Environmental and Geological Science and Management,
LLC, at the time of the accident. Both vehicles
had been rented from Enterprise Car Rental.
petition, Ms. Brown alleged that as a result of the accident,
she sustained personal injuries that entitled her to damages
for past, present and future physical pain and suffering, and
past, present and future lost wages and earning capacity. She
also sought damages for diminished quality of life and severe
emotional and mental distress.
many years of litigation, this matter went to trial on June
20, 2016, with Ms. Brown representing herself. At the close
of plaintiff's case, the defendants moved for an
involuntary dismissal pursuant to La. Code Civ. Proc. art.
1672 B. After a brief recess to allow the trial
court to review Ms. Brown's evidence, the trial court
allowed the parties to argue the merits of the motion for
involuntary dismissal. The trial court granted the motion and
gave oral reasons for its decision.
Brown now appeals.
sole assignment of error, Ms. Brown argues that the trial
court erred in failing to find that she should be compensated
under the Louisiana Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Law,
La. R.S. 32:851, et seq.
Louisiana Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Law sets forth
a mandatory, comprehensive scheme to provide financial
protection to those involved in motor vehicle accidents.
See Adams v. Thomas, 98-2003, 98-2005, pp. 3-4
(La.4/13/99), 729 So.2d 1041, 1043; Simms v. Butler,
97-0416, p. 2 (La.12/2/97), 702 So.2d 686, 687. The statutes
require that the owner of every motor vehicle registered in
this state, with limited exceptions, obtain proof of security
prior to ...