Motorcyclist claims inability to sleep following collision

The Madison County Record Apr. 11, 2014, 12:58pm

After an unidentified driver stuck the passenger side of his motorcycle, then fled the scene of a collision, the motorcyclist has had great difficulty sleeping, according to a recently filed lawsuit.

Brian Gross filed a lawsuit March 31 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Geico Indemnity Company and the driver, identified only as John Doe.

In his complaint, Gross alleges he drove a motorcycle west in the 1400 block of East Broadway in Alton on April 1, 2012, when he came to a stop due to traffic.

“The uninsured vehicle attempted to change to the outside lane of East Broadway to avoid stopped traffic,” the suit states. “The uninsured vehicle driven by defendant John Doe did not see plaintiff’s motorcycle, struck the left side of plaintiff’s motorcycle with the passenger front quarter panel of his vehicle. Defendant John Doe immediately fled the scene and was not identified or located.”

Because of the collision, Gross suffered pain and discomfort, has been unable to sleep and endured suffering and emotional anguish, the complaint says. He also claims he suffered from a diminished ability to work and to enjoy his customary way of life and incurred medical costs.

Gross blames Doe for causing the collision, saying he negligently drove too fast, failed to yield the right of way and failed to keep a careful lookout.

At the time of the collision, Gross had an insurance policy through Geico. Under the policy, he is entitled to recover damages, according to the complaint.

Gross is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just. He is being represented by Nathan A. Steimel of The Law Offices of Nathan A. Steimel in St. Peters.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 14-L-505.

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