Waste Management sued over traffic accident

Kelly Holleran Sep. 2, 2008, 7:50am

Deanna Griggs has filed suit against Waste Management of Missouri, Inc., and an employee of the company, alleging a driver caused her to collide with another vehicle.

Griggs claims co-defendant Dale L. Laird was driving a vehicle for his job and trying to make a left turn onto northbound Illinois Route 3, according to a lawsuit filed Aug. 28 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Griggs, who was driving southbound on Illinois Route 3, claims Laird pulled into the southbound lanes of Illinois Route 3 and into her path.

She claims she tried to avoid hitting Laird's vehicle and instead collided with a vehicle being driven by Glenn A. Knight.

As a result, Griggs suffered injuries to her neck, back, chest, left shoulder and left hip, all of which have been and will continue to be greatly impaired and diminished, the complaint states.

She also claims she suffered and will continue to suffer great physical pain and mental anguish and has been forced to pay medical expenses.

She claims her ability to work has been greatly impaired and diminished and that all of her injuries are permanent and progressive.

She claims Laird and Waste Management were negligent because they failed to exercise ordinary care to keep a lookout ahead and laterally and failed to give or sound any signal or warning of the movement of the vehicle.

In the two-count suit, Griggs is seeking a judgment in excess of $100,000, plus costs incurred.

She is represented by Jerry Crowder of Brown and Crouppen, P.C., in St. Louis.

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