Injured motorcyclist claims semi driver failed to yield

Kelly Holleran Aug. 30, 2012, 3:46am

A motorcycle driver claims he sustained severe injuries when the driver of a semi-truck struck his bike while attempting to turn left.

Terry Reglin filed a lawsuit Aug. 2 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against James Stewart and Geary Brothers.

In his complaint, Reglin alleges he drove a 2002 Harley Davidson north on Illinois Route 15 approaching Trevor Road when defendant James Stewart, who drove a 1998 Kenworth Motor T800 south on the same road, attempted to make a left-hand turn into a parking lot. However, Stewart failed to yield the right-of-way and struck Reglin, according to the complaint.

In addition to his injuries, Reglin experienced pain and anguish, was prevented from attending to his usual duties and affairs, lost his earning capacity and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Reglin blames Stewart for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a safe lookout, failed to keep his vehicle under proper control, failed to yield the right-of-way and failed to see Reglin's approaching vehicle.

In addition to Stewart, Reglin names Geary Brothers as a defendant because they employed Stewart at the time of the collision.

In his two-count complaint, Reglin seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Goldfine and Bowles in Peoria will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-397.

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