$49,500 Settlement Against Distracted Driver
A contractor from Bethlehem, Connecticut received $49,500 in a civil settlement for injuries sustained in an auto-collusion when his truck was rear ended by a distracted driver.
The AccidentThe plaintiff, a Connecticut contractor, was rear ended by a distracted driver while stopped in a dump truck on a road in Westport. The defendant, a young professional from Trumbull, later admitted to having taken his eyes off the road at the time of the accident.
The InjuriesResulting from the impact of the crash, the plaintiff suffered an aggravation of cervical spondylosis which required physical therapy and cervical injection therapy. A medical examination late reported that the plaintiff was left with an impairment of the cervical spine - a condition which was contested by the insurance carrier of the defendant.
The OutcomeFollowing the accident, an open laptop was found in the front passenger seat of the defendant's vehicle. The defendant admitted negligence, as well as to taking both eyes off of the roadway at the time of the crash and rear ending the plaintiff at an impact speed of 25-30 miles per hour. The claim was settled for $49,500 before trial but after the discovery of the laptop and performing the medical examination.