A motorcycle accident that killed the victim’s fiancee has settled her case for $13.6 million after dash cam footage showed the other driver, who was operating a garbage truck, was not paying attention.
The victim was a passenger on a motorcycle when it collided in July 2016 with a garbage truck operated by a man who crossed into oncoming traffic. According to her lawsuit, the Plaintiff suffered a traumatic brain injury and underwent 22 surgeries on her left leg.
Her fiancee died almost instantly.
The driver of the truck apparently was unfamiliar with the garbage route and was listening to directions on his GPS device when the crash occurred.
Today, the surviving victim needs the help of her daughter and others to get around. She is reliant on a wheelchair and walker. She can move around her house, but her ability to get from her home to the car or to travel anywhere is all dependent on others around her.
An orthopedic surgeon was retained to examine her and to independently look at her medical records. A life care planner, whose job it is to take someone’s current physical condition and project ahead what their future medical costs will be, was also hired. The planner estimated the victim’s care to be about $4.5 million over the course of her life.
The garbage truck driver pleaded guilty to negligent homicide with a commercial vehicle. He received a six-month suspended prison sentence followed by 18 months’ probation, and had his license suspended for 30 days.
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