Pedestrian sues Mack truck driver for injuries

Ann Knef Nov. 9, 2006, 10:49am

A pedestrian who was struck by a Mack truck is suing the vehicle's driver and his employer for severe and permanent injuries.

Antonio Moore claims he suffered a subdural hematoma, multiple fractures, contusions and bleeding of internal organs after being struck by a truck driven by Ronald E. Cox of Indiana on Jan. 18, 2005, on a closed section of Illinois Highway 15 in St. Clair County.

Represented by Worsham N. Caldwell, Jr. of the Cochran firm in St. Louis, Moore is seeking at least $200,000 in damages from Cox and his employer CTL Distribution of East St. Louis.

According to a complaint filed Nov. 1 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) had closed Highway 15 between Pocket Road (Highway 163) and 26th Street between Jan. 13 and 31, 2005. Various traffic control signs and warnings cautioned drivers of a detour for that section of roadway, Moore claims.

Moore claims he was crossing Highway 15 in a lawful manner when he was struck by Cox.

He claims Cox and CTL were negligent for failing to maintain a proper lookout, stop or apply brakes, operate the truck under proper and sufficient control and abide by the traffic signs. Moore also claims the defendants were negligent for operating the vehicle on a closed highway and failing to obey IDOT advisories.

Moore claims he has had to undergo medical procedures accompanied by pain and long periods of recuperation. He suffers from pain, mental anguish and psychological trauma, including dementia due to head trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder.

He sustained a permanent disability and limitation of his body motion, his mental functioning and his ability to carry out normal daily activities, the complaint states.

Moore claims he las lost time from his employment with a resulting loss of income, and in the future, he will be unable to resume his employment.

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