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Illinois Motorcycle Lawsuit Alleges Driver Failed To Keep Proper Lookout While Changing Lanes

Motorist Injured While Merging On Highway In IllinoisSnodgrass, a motorcyclist, claims $50,000 in compensatory damages after Sophia A. Sharos reportedly changed lanes while driving her car and crashed into his motorcycle leaving him permanently disabled.
The plaintiff, Terry R. Snodgrass, filed a lawsuit on July 12 in the Madison County Circuit Court against the accused, Sharos. The plaintiff claims he drove the motorcycle north on Illinois Route 159 in the 900 block of South Morrison in Collinsville, when the incident happened. Sharps was driving south and pulled into the center lane to turn into a car wash along the road. This resulted in a collision between the car and the motorcycle, leaving Snodgrass severely injured.

According to the complaint, plaintiff suffered numerous injuries including some permanent disabilities as well as disfigurement. The complainant incurred numerous medical costs and has called for compensatory damages for Sharos’ negligence, who failed to take account of Snodgrass coming from the other end. He believes she took no measures to prevent the accident, not taking a proper lookout, trying to slow down or swerve to prevent the accident. For this purpose, Snodgrass has asked for $50,000 dollars plus costs in damages. Owing to the negligence of Sharos, he has suffered permanent disability and disfigurement. Snodgrass has acquired the services of Brad L. Badgley of Belleville to represent him in his claim.

Driver Negligence Negligence Alleged

The following case comes under Negligence according to the theory of liability under Tort Law. A person guilty of negligence would act in a certain way not meeting the standards of behavior a normal person would be expected to have, given the same circumstances. This behavior falls below the standards established under the law to protect citizens from unreasonable risk or harm. In such a suit, the plaintiff must provide proof of how the defendant has not acted reasonably and how differently a similar person would act in the same circumstances. Furthermore, by introducing circumstantial evidence, expert witnesses etc., the plaintiff can convince the court of the instance of negligence having taken place.

Contributory negligence includes a situation where more than one person is to blame for the accident. In such cases, both parties contributed to the accident, thus the court cannot provide one party relief and hold the other accountable and neither party will be able to recover from the other, as both the parties were to blame for the collision.

Conclusion: What It Means For Other Motorcyclists In Illinois

In this particular case, only one side of the argument is known. The official police report can only confirm what actually happened and what led to the crash. The claims of the accuser cannot be used to support the case, experts must be brought in and only when both sides of the story are known, a sound judgment on what actually transpired between Snodgrass on the motorcycle and Sharos in the car can be made. Furthermore, this case must be looked at in terms of contributory negligence; was it solely the fault of one party or were both parties to blame for the collision.