Settlement for Victim of Hit + Run Driver in White Plains – October 2017

Martin + Colin, P.C. announced that a $550,000 settlement has been paid to the victim of a hit and run car accident by a drunk driver in White Plains, New York.  Our client, who had been trying to park her car on Aqueduct Road, in White Plains, was hit on the driver’s side by a vehicle driven by a drunk driver.  The drunk driver then jumped out of his vehicle and attempted to flee.  However, nearby Good Samaritans pursued the driver on foot and remained until police arrived.

After the case had been pending for several months, the owner of the offending vehicle suddenly declared that she had never given the drunk driver permission to use her car when the accident happened, and therefore she did not have to pay our client, the victim, money damages for her injuries.  We needed to prove that this new claim, i.e., that the owner did not give the drunk driver permission to driver her car, was false. Otherwise, we would recover no money for our injured client.  Several court battles ensued.

We were able to obtain the following evidence:

  •      the drunk driver lived in the same home as the owner of the offending vehicle;
  •      the drunk driver had easy access to the keys; and
  •      the owner watched the drunk driver leave the house with her car keys, she watched the drunk driver drive out of the driveway with her car, and she never called police.

After several very contentious court fights, we prevailed: the insurance company abandoned the car owner’s claim that the drunk driver did not have her permission to drive the car.  The insurance company then paid a large settlement to our client.

If you or a member of your family has been hurt in an accident due to the negligence of another person or firm, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Martin + Colin, P.C. may be able to help.  

Call us now at (914) 771 7711 and let us apply our expertise to your case.


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