Failure to yield at Edwardsville intersection is cause of accident, suit says

Andrea Dearden May 17, 2012, 2:56am

A Madison County man has filed suit against the driver who he claims struck his vehicle at an intersection.

Jack I. Mayer alleges he was driving north on Madison Avenue in Edwardsville on Sept. 13 at about 7:49 p.m. when defendant Angelina Lowe, who was driving west on Franklin Avenue, struck his vehicle.

"Plaintiff stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Franklin Avenue, and then proceeded forward," states the suit filed May 8 in Madison County Circuit Court. "Defendant had also stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Madison Avenue and then proceeded forward where Defendant collided into Plaintiff's vehicle with her own vehicle."

Because of the collision, Mayer experienced pain, discomfort and mental anguish; became disfigured and disabled; and lost his normal life, the complaint says. He also claims he lost earnings, experienced a diminished earning capacity, incurred medical costs and was restricted in his usual activities.

Lowe negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to see other vehicles that were visible, failed to keep her vehicle under proper control, failed to use every precaution to avoid a collision, drove too fast, failed to decrease her speed to avoid a collision, followed the vehicle in front of her too closely and failed to yield the right-of-way, according to the complaint.

Mayer is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Deborah A. Hawkins of Hawkins Law Office in Edwardsville will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-626.

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