A defendant has been ordered to pay $4.9 million to a former gas station attendant he struck with his Mercedes-Benz, The judgment in the civil lawsuit against the defendant includes $4.6 million for pain and suffering, medical expenses and loss of earnings.He also must pay $225,000 in punitive damages and nearly $71,000 in interest. As an experienced accident attorney I have successfully reviewed, settled and brought to successful judgment many cases involving vehicular accidents involving drunk drivers and their insurance companies.
This case grew out of an incident in which witnesses said the defendant was involved in at least one collision, drove the wrong way for miles down the highway and finally pulled into a gas station, where the defendant struck an employee. The attorney for the victim, said the defendant denied he had driven the car and claimed amnesia, remembering only that he was on a bench at the station after the incident. He also denied driving the car at any time despite witnesses who placed him in the vehicle. The defendant, who was 18 at the time, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Defendant’s blood-alcohol level registered .14% and he later pleaded no contest to the charge, authorities said.
Earlier that morning, authorities claim the defendant’s companion had been driving the Mercedes-Benz and hit another vehicle. This wild night of reckless partying resulted in the victim’s permanent disability, required him to undergo multiple surgeries and medical procedures and destroyed his family and his ability to provide for his family, The lawyer also said he was particularly troubled by the “unfair tactic” in which the defendant and his attorneys “refused to admit guilt for something he had already admitted to by pleading no contest in the earlier criminal DUI case.”
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