Truck switched lanes causing collision, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Mar. 18, 2010, 4:13am

A woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims attempted to switch lanes, but struck her instead.

Marjorie Workman claims she was driving a 1994 Mazda model 626 southwest on Interstate 55/70 near mile post 4.6 in the right-hand lane on April 1, 2008, at about 6:26 p.m. when defendant Constance Lynne Fortnam, who was driving a 2006 Freightliner Model Columbia for defendant Teton Transportation in the same direction, attempted to switch lanes and struck Workman.

Because of the collision, Workman became sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled; suffered great pain and anguish; suffered injuries to her neck, back and legs; suffered internal derangement of the injured members of her body; and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint filed March 8 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. In addition, she was prevented from earning money, the suit states.

Fortnam negligently failed to keep her vehicle under proper control, failed to see Workman's vehicle when it should have been seen, failed to drive at the proper speed, failed to reduce her speed to avoid a collision and failed to change lanes only when it could safely be done, the complaint says.

Workman is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

Richard G. Reed of Reed and Bruhn in Belleville will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-101.

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