William P. Moore recently obtained at $5.55 million settlement on behalf of his client, who was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, due to the negligence of a tractor-trailer operator.
Mr. Moore’s client, who was a professional tree-trimmer at the time of the accident, was the passenger in a car that was taking him to work. The automobile, which was traveling on a highway in a rural community in Western New York, was being closely followed by a commercial tractor-trailer. As the victim’s vehicle slowed for a roadway condition, the tractor-trailer operator, who was not maintaining a proper distance, rear-ended the automobile. The force of the impact was so great that it propelled the victim’s vehicle nearly thirty feet and scattered debris along the roadway.
William P. Moore recently obtained a $4 million settlement on behalf of his client, a pedestrian, who was injured due to the negligence of a distracted driver.
Accident Caused by Distracted Driver
Mr. Moore’s client, who was a college student at the time of the accident, was walking to her vehicle after an afternoon class. As she attempted to cross the street at a designated crosswalk, a distracted driver pulled forward and struck her.
As a result of the collision, the college student suffered multiple injuries, including a traumatic brain injury. Despite extensive treatment, the student was able to return to school and attain her degree. When asked about the case, Mr. Moore stated “while this result will allow my client to move beyond this chapter of her life, I am most proud of my client’s resilience and determination to not allow her physical limitations to deter her recovery or lofty career goals.”
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.
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