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News Roundup: Personal Injury Awards

December 9, 2011

Read about recent multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts that have been awarded in car, motorcycle, and trucking accident cases.


Read about recent multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts that have been awarded in car accident, motorcycle accident, and trucking accident cases.

School Bus Accident Victim Awarded $14 Million

A Bucks County jury awarded a Pennsylvania woman $14 million for the serious injuries she sustained after being hit by a school bus in January of 2007.

Ashley Zauflik, now 21, was exiting Pennsbury High School when a school bus jumped the curb and crashed into a group of students. Zauflik suffered the most severe injuries, including the loss of her left leg above the knee, internal bleeding, a shattered pelvis, and multiple bone fractures. An additional 16 students were injured in the accident.

An investigation that was conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board and Falls Township police concluded that the accident was caused by driver error; according to both agencies, the bus driver accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes. The bus driver maintains that mechanical problems were to blame.

After a four-hour deliberation, the jury awarded Zauflik almost $3 million for past and future medical expenses, as well as $11.1 million for pain and suffering.

However, a state law limits local government, including school districts, liability in civil suits. According to the 30-year-old law, $500,000 is the maximum that can be awarded.

Attorneys for the school district say they intend to file a motion to modify the award so that it is in line with the cap set by the state; Zauflik’s attorney plans to oppose that motion.

Missouri Family Awarded $7 Million in Semi-Truck Accident Case

A $7 million verdict has been awarded to the family of a truck driver who died after the commercial vehicle he was driving was struck by a semi-truck.

Roger Reagan was killed when a semi-truck driver for Dunaway Timber Company went across the center line and clipped a Jeep Cherokee, hit a Kia head-on, and crashed into the cab of Reagan’s truck.

After the collision, Reagan was trapped in the truck; during his escape, he fell from the truck and was caught in fiery conditions beneath. Reagan died about an hour later.

The defense focused on Dunaway Timber Company’s driver screening practices, as well as the qualifications of their driver. According to evidence presented by the defense, the driver had lied on his job application and previously received two license revocations.

Buffalo Motorcyclist Obtains $5 Million Settlement

A Buffalo man will receive a $5 million settlement for a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

William Hardy, 24, was riding his motorcycle when it hit a car that was making a U-turn in front of him. Hardy was thrown off of the bike, flew about 50 feet into the air, and struck a parked car. At the time of the accident, he was on the job, running errands for the Bailey Prescription Center.

The insurance company of the driver of the other car and the Bailey Prescription Center will cover the costs of the settlement.

If you have been injured in an accident, consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible for a review of your case. You may be entitled to damages.

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