A motorcyclist claims another biker caused a collision after he failed to reduce speed at a curve.
According to a lawsuit filed on April 27 in Madison County Circuit Court, Steven D. Cook filed a complaint against Jeffrey A. Underwood of Godfrey.

On June 2, 2013, Cook was driving his motorcycle south on Marine Road at the 2100 block in St. Jacobs, when Underwood, driving his motorcycle directly in front of Cook, didn't correctly reduce his speed at a curve and "laid his bike down," skidding off the west side of the road, the suit states.

As a result, the plaintiff claims he lost control of his motorcycle when he tried to keep from hitting the defendant's motorcycle in front of him and his passenger.

The defendant is accused of failing to keep a proper lookout, keep the vehicle under control and operate at a safe speed, as well as operate a motorcycle with unsafe modifications.

The plaintiff, alleging serious and permanent injury, pain and suffering, loss of normal life and medical expenses, seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Craig J. Jensen of MeyerJensen P.C. in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-518.

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