In a front-page story, The Buffalo News reported on a $12 million settlement obtained by attorney Michael P. Stuermer on behalf of his client, who was injured in a distracted driving accident involving a New York State Trooper.
As reported by The Buffalo News, George Cole, along with 4 coworkers, were traveling in a minivan on the New York State Thruway. While slowing down for road construction, the rear of the minivan was struck by a New York State Trooper’s Dodge Charger, which was traveling at 73 mph at the time of impact. Mr. Cole, who was a passenger in the minivan, was severely injured as a result of the accident.
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.
The law firm of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria recently secured a $1,425,000 settlement for a man injured in a motorcycle accident. In this case, the client was riding his motorcycle when another vehicle pulled out from a stop sign, failing to yield the right of way and causing the accident. Thomas M. Mercure, the motorcyclist’s attorney, described his client as an avid motorcyclist who rides frequently and works fulltime as the third generation owner of a local business. Mr. Mercure was able to quickly and efficiently secure a substantial settlement, providing his client with financial security and permitting him and his family to move on with their lives. Read more to discover the details of this case and how Lipsitz Green can help if you find yourself in a similar situation.
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