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Madison County jury awards motorist more than $33K following rear-end collision

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 23, 2017

A Madison County jury awarded a motorist $33,287.10 in a car crash suit alleging she was injured when another driver rear-ended her vehicle.

The six-person jury ruled in favor of plaintiff Jessica Williams on Aug. 14 in circuit judge William Mudge’s court.

Williams was awarded $13,287.10 for medical expenses, $5,000 for past pain and suffering, $5,000 for future pain and suffering, $5,000 for past loss of a normal life and $5,000 for future loss of a normal life.

Williams was represented by Matthew Young of Kuehn Beasley & Young PC in Belleville.

Defendant Jacob Smith was represented by Roger Wilson of St. Louis.

Williams filed her suit on July 21, 2015, alleging she was at a stop at the intersection of State Route 143 and Blackburn Road in Madison County on Aug. 7, 2013, when Smith rear-ended her vehicle.

As a result she claims she suffered severe injuries and pain, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life and incurred medical bills.

Williams alleges Smith had a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid colliding with other vehicles.

She also alleges Smith negligently failed to reduce speed in order to avoid an accident, failed to yield, failed to keep a proper lookout in order to avoid an accident, failed to obey the rules of the road and failed to exercise reasonable care in operating the motor vehicle.

Williams sought a judgment of more than $50,000.

Smith answered the complaint on Sept. 4, denying liability.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-918

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