An auto accident involving cellphone use has been settled.
Here is a summary: A Connecticut couple was severely injured when their car was struck from behind by a distracted driver. The case settled for $1.3 million. Naturally, the litigants had different versions about how significantly one driver’s cellphone figured in the crash.
At a deposition the defendant admitted that he was at fault for the accident. While driving he looked down to when his cellphone rang. By the time he looked back up he rear ended the Plaintiff’s car.
The wife, who is 62, went into a nursing home after the incident. She tore knee ligaments and had to get a knee replacement instead of simply repairing the torn ligaments. In addition, she is suffering from PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] which forced her to quit her job as a hairdresser in November 2015.
The husband, who is 67, broke his arm. He suffers from low back pain and will need a back fusion. He missed extensive time from work and ultimately laid off after his Family and Medical Leave Act time ran out.