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Settlement Obtained for Pedestrian Struck by Distracted Driver

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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$1,450,000 Settlement Obtained for Family of Woman with Diverticulitis Misdiagnosis

Diverticulitis is an infection of outpouchings that develop in the large colon. It is a common condition, but can be deadly if misdiagnosed or not treated properly. The infection can progress to the point where the colon perforates, allowing stool to leak into the patient’s free abdomen causing sepsis. If that happens, life-saving emergency surgery is required.


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