Unsafe left hand turn causes accident, suit claims

A Missouri man has filed suit against the driver who he claims struck his vehicle after attempting to make a left-hand turn when it was not safe to do so.

Thomas Mark Graven claims he was driving east on Carlyle Avenue at its intersection with Greenmount Road on Oct. 28, 2008, when the incident occurred.

At the same time, defendant Thad Hardy attempted to make a left turn from his position in the westbound lanes of Carlyle Avenue when he struck Graven's vehicle, according to the complaint filed Oct. 18 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Because of the accident, Graven sustained injuries to his right foot requiring surgery, and suffered pain, discomfort and mental anguish, the suit states. In addition, he lost his ability to enjoy the ordinary pleasures of life, incurred medical costs and lost wages, the complaint says.

Graven blames Hardy for causing the collision, saying he negligently drove too fast, failed to swerve or slow down to avoid a collision, failed to keep a careful lookout and failed to yield the right-of-way to Graven.

In his complaint, Graven is seeking a judgment in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of St. Clair County Circuit Court, plus pre-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Thomas P. Germeroth and Scott L. Kolker of Kolker and Germeroth in Clayton will be representing him.

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