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Wayward truck tire crosses median, causes collision

By The Madison County Record | Jan 17, 2016

A motorist is suing a trucking company and the driver of one of its trucks after a tire allegedly came loose, rolled across the highway median and struck his vehicle.

Juan C. Stepney filed the suit Jan. 4 in Madison County Circuit Court against William D. Bergschneider, individually and doing business as Bergschneider Trucking, and Ralph Steward. 

On Jan. 14, 2014, the plaintiff was driving his vehicle north on U.S. Interstate 255 near Collinsville. Steward was driving a tractor trailer truck owned by Bergschneider south on Interstate 255.

A tire on the passenger side of the truck allegedly became disconnected, bounced across all of the southbound lanes, through the center median and then collided with the driver's side of the vehicle the plaintiff was driving.

As a result, the plaintiff was injured, and allegedly has suffered pain and permanent disability, and loss of a normal life. He also allegedly has expended money for medical expenses, which he expects will continue into the future; and says he has experienced a loss of wages because he allegedly can't work.

The plaintiff seeks at least $50,000 from both defendants, plus court costs. He is represented by B. Jay Dowling of Sterling and Dowling PC of Belleville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-01

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