A woman claims she suffered severe and permanent injuries after a driver rear-ended her vehicle while she was stopped in traffic.

Melissa Haberer filed a lawsuit Dec. 26 in Madison County Circuit Court against Kayla Miller.

In her complaint, Haberer alleges she drove her Toyota on Nov. 5, 2012, in an attempt to drop her two minor children off at school and stopped in traffic on State Route 160 northbound in Highland. Suddenly, Miller, who was driving a Chevrolet Blazer in the same direction, rear-ended Haberer, according to the complaint.

In addition to her injuries, Haberer suffered from diastolic dysfunction, incurred medical costs, experienced extreme physical and mental suffering and lost income, the suit states.

She blames Miller for causing the collision, saying she negligently drove too fast, failed to stop to avoid a collision, failed to see Haberer’s vehicle, failed to swerve or to take other evasive actions to avoid a collision and failed to reduce her speed to avoid a collision.

In her complaint, Haberer seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Rhonda D. Fiss and Michael A. Aguirre of the Law Office of Rhonda D. Fiss in Belleville will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-2187

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