Man claims fellow motorist caused collision

By Carol Ostrow | Oct 11, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE – A Madison County man is suing a fellow motorist, alleging negligence resulting in injuries in a January 2015 collision.

Ronald E. Gowin of Godfrey filed suit on Sept. 30 in Madison County Circuit Court against Bruce W. Griesemer, also of Godfrey.


According to the suit, the plaintiff was operating a motor vehicle on Landmarks Boulevard near the intersection of the Broadway Connector in Alton on Jan. 19, 2015. Gowin alleges that the defendant, driving a 2008 Ford Escape, collided with Gowin’s 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe as Griesemer attempted to make a left-hand turn.


The plaintiff contends that the defendant was driving under the influence of alcohol; failed to keep an adequate lookout or concede the right of way; and failed to obey a traffic signal.


Gowin also asserts that Griesemer neglected to control his vehicle’s speed; failed to slow down to avoid the collision, and did not stop for oncoming traffic. Additionally, the suit states that the defendant entered an intersection when it was not safe to do so.


The plaintiff maintains that as a result of the accident, he suffered severe injuries plus pain and suffering. Additionally, Gowin claims diminished earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of a normal life, disability, and medical expenses.


Gowin seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus attorneys’ fees and costs. The plaintiff is represented by Eric Carlson of Byron, Carlson, Petri & Kalb LLC in Edwardsville.


Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1375


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