BELLEVILLE – A driver is suing both the owner and driver of a truck after she allegedly was injured in a collision. Negligent hiring and training are among the counts.

Denise Deckert filed the suit March 24 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Justin Lisson and Ferguson Roofing Company Inc.

The suit says the plaintiff is a resident of Missouri; the defendant company is a Missouri corporation doing business in Illinois; and defendant Lisson works for defendant company and is a resident of Illinois.

On May 31, 2014, the plaintiff was driving her vehicle northbound on Highway 159 in Glen Carbon, the suit says, adding that she had come to a stop due to traffic and another vehicle slowed to a stop behind her.

Defendant Lisson was operating a truck while working for defendant company behind both vehicles when he allegedly struck the vehicle stopped behind the plaintiff's vehicle, causing it to strike the plaintiff's vehicle.

Following the collision, the defendant driver was charged with driving too fast for conditions and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, the suit says.

At the time of the accident, according to the complaint, the defendant company was not registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as an interstate commercial motor carrier and did not have operating authority within the state of Missouri or the state of Illinois.

The plaintiff brings seven counts against the defendants for the injuries their actions allegedly caused her. She seeks in excess of $50,000 for each count, punitive damages and other relief the court deems just and proper. She is represented by Shaun M. Lieser of the Lieser Law Firm LLC in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-170

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