The owner and operator of the other vehicle involved in this lawsuit were insured by Progressive Insurance. The favorable car accident settlement provides substantial compensation to the victim and his family, and brings the lawsuit to an end without having to proceed to trial.
The plaintiff, a resident of Wingdale, in Dutchess County, New York, was the driver of his own vehicle traveling to work on Route 22 near River Road in the Town of Pawling, New York. The defendants were the owner and the operator of a vehicle traveling in the same direction. At a bend in the road, the defendant driver apparently dozed off, or was distracted, and did not notice that the plaintiff’s vehicle and the other vehicles in front of him had come to a complete stop as the lead vehicle was making a right turn. As the defendant driver was not paying attention to the road in front of him, he continued to drive at a full speed and crashed with full force into the rear of plaintiff’s vehicle. Defendant’s vehicle struck plaintiff’s vehicle with such force as to cause plaintiff’s vehicle to strike the car in front of it, spin around and come to rest facing in the opposite direction.
Our client was driven by ambulance from the car accident scene to the nearest hospital. He complained of knee, back and shoulder pain continuously since the accident. Conservative medical treatment, including physical therapy, has failed to eliminate the right knee pain. Although he has had no surgeries, our client was unable to resume employment and forced into retirement.
As soon as we were hired, we thoroughly evaluated our case, and hired an expert to calculate the amount of lost earnings that our client would not be receiving due to his forced early retirement as a result of this accident. We then added the expert’s calculation of lost earnings to our own calculation of the value of our client’s non-economic loss to increase the value of this case.
After several court appearances, our auto accident attorneys engaged in lengthy settlement negotiations, at times using a private mediator, and eventually obtained a six-figure settlement for our very satisfied client.