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Illinois motorist alleges driver's negligence caused head-on collision

By Molly English-Bowers | Feb 18, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE – An Illinois woman is suing a Litchfield motorist, alleging negligence over injuries incurred in an automobile accident.

Jennifer Knopik filed the lawsuit Feb. 8 in Madison County Circuit Court against Mikayla Johnson of Litchfield, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 5, 2014, Knopik was driving her vehicle northbound on state Route 4, and, at the same time, Johnson was driving her vehicle southbound along the same roadway. The suit says the defendant drove into the plaintiff's lane, striking Knopik's vehicle head-on.

The lawsuit states the defendant caused the accident when she failed the yield the right of way, failed to reduce speed in order to avoid an accident, failed to drive on the proper side of the road and caused her vehicle to collide with the plaintiff's vehicle.

As a result of the negligence, the suit says, the plaintiff suffered injuries to her head, neck and back, has experienced loss of a normal life, has experienced emotional distress, has spent money on medical expenses, and has experienced a loss of income and a decline in earning capacity.

Knopik seeks damages of more than $50,000, plus court costs and other relief the court deems proper. She is represented by attorney Shaun M. Lieser of the Lieser Law Firm in St. Louis.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-183

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