Michael P. Stuermer, a Partner at the law firm of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria, recently obtained an $825,000 settlement on behalf of a pedestrian who was injured as the result of being struck by the vehicle of a distracted driver.
The following provides an overview of distracted driving, details on the accident and injuries in this case, information on the result obtained for the injured pedestrian, and who to contact for a free case review if you suspect you have been the victim of an injury caused by a distracted driver.
Distracted Driving Epidemic
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) describes distracted driving simply as any activity that diverts attention from driving. Such activities commonly include texting on a phone, eating & drinking, talking to passengers in the car, and adjusting a car’s entertainment or navigation system.
According to a recent NHTSA report, in 2015, 391,000 individuals from across the United States suffered some form of injury from a motor vehicle accident that involved distracted driving. An additional 3,477 were killed in distracted driving crashes.
Pedestrians Impacted by Distracted Driving
The consequences of distracted driving go beyond the drivers and passengers of vehicles. In 2016, 562 non-occupants such as walkers, bicyclists, and other pedestrians, were killed in distracted driving related accidents.
On Friday, October 27th, after a week of trial in Rome, New York, attorney William Moore secured an undisclosed monetary settlement for four victims of a tour bus accident. The four individuals, who are Canadian citizens, were among 30 passengers injured on a New York City bound tour bus in 2011. The bus was pulling from the shoulder onto the I-90 near Waterloo, New York, when it was struck by a tractor-trailer, causing a catastrophic accident. Read on to learn more about the accident and details surrounding the case and trial.
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