We recently settled a case that arose out of a highway collision on behalf of a Mobile man whose case had been pending in Mobile County Circuit Court. The motor vehicle accident occurred on the evening of October 19, 2006 when a large Budweiser truck slammed into the rear of the Saturn automobile in which our client was riding as a back-seat passenger. The driver of the Saturn had to stop for a Ford Explorer that was disabled in the left lane of the approach to the Wallace Tunnel on I-10 in Mobile. The Budweiser truck was traveling at about 60 to 65 mph and was unable to stop before slamming into the Saturn. The posted speed limit on the highway was 55 mph. Also, there was a sign that required trucks to use the right lane of traffic.
Our client was severely injured in the collision and suffered what is referred to as a burst compression fracture of his back. As a result, he had to have a decompression and fusion of his spine. This man was fortunate to have survived the crash since the Saturn was rendered a total loss with the rear end literally crushed. As a result of his injuries, he can no longer perform his duties as a warehouse supervisor at a local business establishment. Our client will go back to school so that he can be retrained for a job that he can do. At present – two years post accident – he still has to use a wheelchair, a walker or a four-prong cane in order to ambulate. Our client will require future medical treatment therapy and rehabilitation. His life care plan was most conservative and the cost of the plan, reduced to present value, and other damages, including medical expenses and loss of earnings, was $2.36 Million.
A few days after mediation, the case was settled for $6.5 million. The case had been scheduled for trial in about ten days. LaBarron Boone was the lead lawyer from our firm in the case. Greg Allen and I, along with Wesley Pitters, a Montgomery lawyer, were also involved in handling the case. Fortunately, we obtained a very good settlement for our client and his wife. Now they – along with their two fine children – can get on with their lives.