Distracted Driver Case Results in $120 Million Verdict
With the advent of more and more sophisticated mobile technology comes more and more cases of distracted drivers causing accidents. Laws against using devices while driving are only a deterrent that many ignore. Sadly, for Khail Parris’ client, one of those people ignoring the law resulted in catastrophic injuries for him. As the defendant approached a stop sign, she was too busy on her mobile phone to notice the sign that stated that cross-traffic does not stop and proceeded forward, hitting Parris’ client’s truck and shearing off one of the front wheels. The truck flipped forward, then rolled multiple times. His client suffered terrible spinal injuries and a major TBI, both of which have caused an extreme loss of quality of life. He can no longer hold his grandchildren or engage in normal everyday activities, he is constantly in severe pain, and is looking towards a future of medical procedures just to function.
In a strange twist, the insurance company, rather than cooperating and attempting to take care of the damage their client caused, was found to be stalling and withholding key evidence to avoid handing over the cell phone records that would prove their client was driving while on the phone. Luckily, the law prevailed and this company was taken to task for their client’s, and their own, wrongdoing, to the tune of $120 million.
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