Motor Vehicle Accident Involving a Commercial Vehicle
Bachus & Schanker, LLC Client Receives Confidential Settlement for Injuries Caused by Collision with a Commercial Vehicle
Jason was slowed to a stop in construction-zone traffic on C-470, when another driver, who was driving a commercial business van, with marijuana in his system, failed to notice the stopped traffic and slammed into the rear of Jason's car. The collision occurred in the middle of a large construction zone in which numerous roadway signs warned drivers of the construction. The at-fault driver failed to pay attention to these signs as he sped through the construction zone. As a result of his high rate of speed, he was unable to stop in time when traffic slowed and stopped for construction.
Prior to the accident, Jason, was a healthy man with no serious medical conditions or limitations. Jason ran a successful wallpapering business in Colorado that he started in 1965. However, as a result of the car crash, Jason sustained severe neck, back shoulder and traumatic brain injuries. As a result of these injuries, Jason's doctors placed lifting, sitting, standing and walking restrictions on Jason, which prevented him from ever climbing on ladders, thus preventing him from continuing with his wallpapering business.
The driver of the van and his employer refused to adequately compensate Jason for his injuries, and as a result, Bachus & Schanker, LLC filed a lawsuit against the driver of the van for negligence and against his employer for negligence and also for negligent hiring, training and supervision of the driver. The van driver's employer failed to properly train the driver, and they also failed to adequately monitor and inspect the vehicle he was driving and conduct the proper background investigation checks. As a result, van driver's employer allowed an untrained, unqualified driver, who was under the influence of drugs, to drive their van, and as a result the driver caused the collision with Jason.
Economist and vocational rehabilitation experts hired by Bachus & Schanker, LLC said that Jason would likely be unable to return to work in any job that he had done throughout his career and it was unlikely that he could successfully transition back to work in any capacity for the balance of his working years. As a result, the economist estimated that Jason had significant wage loss as a result of the collision and that he would have a reduced ability to earn money in the future.
Prior to trial, the parties attended mediation, and the defendants agreed to pay Jason to settle the case for a confidential amount.