Hit and Run $265,000: Car - Pedestrian Collision
|Lawsuit: Hit & Run|
Victim: 31 yr old Pedestrian
Injury: Lower Leg Fractures
Verdict: $265 Thousand
Lawyer: Richard S. McGowan
The male plaintiff pedestrian, age 31 at trial, contended that as he was crossing in the crosswalk with a green light, he was struck by the defendant. The plaintiff maintained that the defendant stopped, looked at him and then drove off. The defendant denied that being involved in the subject accident. The plaintiff maintained that he could positively identify the defendant and his license plate number. The evidence disclosed that an independent eyewitness had supplied a license plate number to a hospital security guard, but that the witness had no recollection at trial. The jury, which was not apprised of the actual plate number recorded by the hospital security guard, was aware that the witness had provided such information to the guard. The tibia and fibula fractures were treated by way of closed reduction. The plaintiff contended that he will suffer some permanent pain and restriction, that there is a one inch atrophy of the quadriceps muscle and that he will permanently suffer a slight limp when fatigued. The jury found the defendant 100% responsible and awarded $265,000. The case subsequently settled for the $100,000 policy limits.
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