Multi-car collision in Belleville results in injuries, lawsuit
A man seeks more than $100,000 from two drivers who he alleges caused him to sustain injuries in a multi-car collision.
Craig P. Earland filed a lawsuit March 29 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Rachel D. Miner and Georgia M. Bleichner.
Earland claims he drove south on Greenmount Road near Progress Lane in Belleville on Aug. 16, 2009, when Miner, who drove a vehicle in the same direction, collided with Bleichner, who in turn struck Earland.
Because of the accident, Earland suffered pain, incurred medical costs, lost wages, suffered damage to his earning capacity and incurred property damages, according to the complaint.
He blames Miner in part for causing the collision, saying she drove in such a manner as to cause him injury, failed to maintain a proper lookout for cars on the road, drove too fast, drove without adequate brakes, failed to apply her brakes, failed to keep her vehicle under proper control, failed to stop or swerve in time to avoid a collision, allowed her vehicle to follow Bleichner's too closely and collided with Bleichner.
He also places some of the blame on Bleichner, who he says negligently drove in such a manner as to cause him injury, failed to maintain a proper lookout, drove without adequate brakes, failed to keep her vehicle under proper control, failed to stop or swerve in time to avoid a collision and failed to keep a safe distance between her vehicle and his.
In his two-count suit, Earland seeks damages in excess of $100,000, plus costs.
Chris Kolker of Kolker Law Offices in Belleville will be representing him.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-147.