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Missouri couple alleges Madison County drivers followed too closely before crash

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 12, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE — A Missouri couple is suing motorists Paul Garbe and Matthew Skibinski, both of Madison County, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries for a January 2016 accident.

Dominic Harris and Cindy Stapleton-Harris filed a complaint on March 23 in the Madison County Circuit Court against the defendants alleging that they failed to maintain proper control of their vehicle.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that, on Jan. 14, 2016, they were in a motor vehicle and were stopped in traffic on Highway 70 in St. Louis County when they were rear-ended by defendant Skibinski, who was rear-ended by defendant Garbe at the same time. As a result, the plaintiffs sustained injuries and suffered pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages.

The plaintiffs hold Garbe and Skibinski responsible because they allegedly carelessly drove their vehicle at a speed greater than reasonable and followed the vehicle in front of them too closely.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment in their favor and against each defendant for an amount exceeding $25,000 for each plaintiff and for such other and further relief. They are represented by Gary K. Burger Jr. of Burger Law LLC in St. Louis.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-405

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