USF Holland and driver blamed for rear-end accident

Kelly Holleran Jul. 27, 2011, 7:57am

A St. Louis woman claims she sustained neck, back and knee injuries after a driver rear-ended her vehicle.

Jimmie Burns filed a lawsuit June 28 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Steven Posey and USF Holland.

In her complaint, Burns claims she drove a 1997 General Motors Jimmy west on Interstate 55 near its intersection with U.S. 40 in East St. Louis on May 11 when Posey, who drove a 2008 Volvo for defendant USF Holland, failed to control his speed and struck Burns's vehicle.

In addition to her injuries, Burns incurred medical costs, suffered great pain and mental anguish and lost her normal life, according to the complaint.

Burns blames Posey for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep his vehicle under proper control, drove too fast, drove into the rear of Burns's vehicle and failed to take evasive action to avoid a collision, the suit states. In addition, Posey negligently failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to sound his horn, drove too closely to the vehicle Burns operated and failed to yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle, the complaint says.

In her two-count complaint, Burns seeks a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

Steven E. Katzman of Katzman and Associates in Belleville will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-337.

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