Verdicts And Settlements: Motor Vehicle Accidents
An Extraordinary Track Record
Attorneys with Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, have successfully represented clients in personal injury cases since the 1950s. Our extraordinary track record includes hundreds of settlements* and verdicts* in the area of motor vehicle accidents. Here are a few notable examples:
- $4 million verdict: motor vehicle accident
Attorney Marisa Bellair secured a $4 million verdict related to a multicrash accident that occurred in Orange, Connecticut. The jury verdict was entered against the state of Connecticut that was found to be partially at fault for the accident that took the life of a young father.
- $1.25 million settlement: motor vehicle accident
Lisa Puglia collects $1.25 million after box truck sideswipe. Eye and ear disorders lead to problems with balance and focus.
- $825,000 verdict: motor vehicle accident
Congratulations to our partner, Donn Swift, for his recent jury verdict. Donn recently concluded a trial in the Stamford Superior Court before Judge Frank D’Andrea and a jury of six. The case involved a motor vehicle accident whereby our client, Mrs. Nance Hutter, was hit from behind by a large beer truck owned by DiChello Distributors. As a result of the collision, Mrs. Hutter sustained a number of serious injuries including injuries to her head and neck. Mrs. Hutter also sustained a mild traumatic brain injury. Donn tried the case for over three weeks and presented a substantial number of witnesses to establish the significance of the impact and the extent of the injuries. The experts included an accident reconstruction expert from Maryland, a bio-mechanical expert from Virginia, a neurologist, a psychiatrist and a neuro-psychologist. In addition to the various expert witnesses, Donn also presented testimony from friends of Mrs. Hutter who knew her before the time of the accident and were able to explain to the jury the significant change in Mrs. Hutter that occurred as a result of the incident. After three weeks of evidence, the jury deliberated for two and one-half days and then rendered a verdict in favor of Mrs. Hutter in the amount of $825,000, including over $500,000 for compensation for her pain and suffering. The defendant made a final offer just before the case was given to the jury in the amount of $450,000.
- $2.3 million award: motor vehicle accident
Our attorney, Donn Swift, represented the widow of a cyclist who was struck in New Haven by the driver of a hotel van, who was found to have had alcohol in his system and was talking on a cellphone at the time of the accident. The cyclist died a few days later. The case went to trial, with a jury verdict resulting in an award of nearly $2.3 million to the cyclist’s family.
- $150,000 settlement: motor vehicle accident
A 46-year-old woman was traveling on Route 118 in Harwinton, Connecticut, at which time she struck a motor vehicle that was coming to a stop directly in front of her vehicle. As a result of striking the vehicle directly in front of her vehicle, her vehicle was subsequently struck by the motor vehicle directly behind hers causing a second collision. The plaintiff alleged that the injury to her shoulder was a result of the collision when her vehicle was struck from behind and not as a result of the collision that she caused when she struck the vehicle directly in front of hers. The defendants tried to argue that there was no way for the plaintiff nor her doctors to prove which collision caused the injury to her shoulder. The plaintiff was able to successfully convince a judge that the impact when her vehicle was struck from behind was the cause of her injury and not the first impact with the vehicle directly in front of her that she was responsible for causing. Furthermore, the defendants were arguing that the plaintiff was a mail carrier who worked for the U.S. Post Office for the last 22 years and her shoulder problems were directly caused by her repetitive use of her shoulder during the scope of her employment and not the motor vehicle accidents in question.
- $200,000 settlement: motor vehicle accident
A 45-year-old woman claimed personal injuries to her right shoulder when she was struck by a motor vehicle from behind on Route 80 in Waterford, Connecticut. As a result of the collision, the plaintiff underwent arthroscopic surgery to her shoulder. The plaintiff testified that the shoulder surgery considerably reduced her pain to the point where she was close to 100 percent healed. The plaintiff was able to show that the defendant was traveling too fast for roadway conditions and that he failed to keep a reasonable and proper look out. The plaintiff owned her own paving company. The defendants tried to argue that her shoulder injury was a result of arthritic conditions that pre-existed the accident in question.
- $3.5 million settlement: motor vehicle accident
An action for negligence against the driver of an automobile for crossing a double yellow line on a highway. Driver collided with and killed the driver of an oncoming vehicle.
* Results depend upon the unique facts of each case. We cannot guarantee results such as these in your case.