Lawsuit Claims Bicyclist Intentionally Hit By Motorist

On this site, many bicycle accidents and their injuries have been discussed.  These incidents appear to have been “accidental” in nature, i.e. for various reasons bicyclists have been injured in events that were unintentional in nature.  One such example would be a “distracted driver” not seeing a bicyclist, and striking the bicyclist.  Other accidents have been caused by other factors, such as a road hazard such as a pothole, which when hit by a bicycle causes the bicyclist to lose control, crash, and incur accident injuries.

However, at times injuries and/or deaths which lead to lawsuits are caused by intentional acts committed by another party.  A recent Illinois lawsuit filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court is one example for which an alleged intentional act caused by a motorist led to a bicyclist suffering various injuries.

The lawsuit and alleged underlying events are discussed in The Madison-St. Clair Record article of September 1, 2016, titled “Cyclist alleges motorist intentionally hit him.”  The alleged incident happened on August 5, 2014 in Fairview Heights as the bicyclist (plaintiff) Harvey J. Lewallen IV was riding on North Lincoln as the motorist (defendant Jerry R. Vinson) was driving.

A couple of excerpts from the article:

According to the complaint, on Aug. 5, 2014, Lewallen was riding his bicycle south on North Lincoln in Fairview Heights. The suit says Vinson, traveling in the same direction, attempted to pass Lewallen’s path of travel, forcing the plaintiff and his bike up onto and over a curb and off the road surface.


The plaintiff alleges Vinson shouted at the cyclist’s group to “get off the road,” aggressively swerved his vehicle directly into plaintiff’s path in an effort to create fear and struck plaintiff with his vehicle.

As a result of the incident, the suit claims that Lewallen injured his neck, head and right hand and the bicycle was severely damaged.

Additional details regarding this Illinois personal injury lawsuit based upon an alleged intentional act can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Madison Record article mentioned above.


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