BELLEVILLE – A motorist is suing a Belleville driver, alleging negligence for injuries she says she received in an automobile accident.
Carrie A. Clay filed the lawsuit Feb. 17 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Rebecca W. Hayes of Belleville, alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, on May 25, 2014, Clay was in her vehicle in the parking lot of a nursing home at 27th Street in Belleville when Hayes' vehicle approached from behind. Despite the defendant's duty to comply with all traffic laws, the suit says, Hayes failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to maintain a sufficient distance between her vehicle and the plaintiff's, failed to keep her automobile under proper control, and operated her vehicle too fast for the conditions.
As a result of these negligent acts, the lawsuit states, Hayes rear-ended Clay's vehicle, causing injuries to the plaintiff's neck and back, disability and disfigurement, pain and loss of a normal life into the future, loss of earnings and medical bills for the plaintiff, and diminishment to her future earning capacity.
Clay seeks more than $50,000, plus court costs. She is represented by attorney Matthew J. Marlen of Belleville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-95