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Passenger sues driver of oncoming car alleging injuries following Route 143 collision

By Carol Ostrow | Sep 15, 2015

A Madison County resident is suing another motorist over allegations of vehicular negligence in an automobile accident on state Route 143 in Madison County.

Jamie Offerman filed a lawsuit on Aug. 26 in Madison County Circuit Court against Kaitlyn Bethany of Highland, alleging various traffic-related infringements in an August 2014 two-car collision.

The lawsuit states that on or about Aug. 22, 2014, when the plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle stopped at the intersection of state Route 143 and U.S. Route 40 in Madison County, the vehicle in which she was riding was struck by Bethany from the rear.

According to the complaint, the defendant carelessly and negligently followed the plaintiff’s vehicle too closely; failed to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles, obey the rules of the road, exercise reasonable care in the operation of a motor vehicle, reduce speed to avoid an accident, apply brakes, and stop before colliding with the plaintiff.

The suit states that the plaintiff sustained physical injuries causing pain and suffering, lost income, lost enjoyment of life, medical bills, and disability as a direct and proximate result of the defendant’s actions.

The plaintiff seeks judgment in her favor for more than $50,000 plus attorney’s fees and costs. She is represented by Matthew Young of Kuehn, Beasley & Young in Belleville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-1093

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