Driving has become somewhat of a necessity and every day activity for most of us. As a result, many of us may forget how dangerous motor vehicles can be if not properly operated. Most cars weigh several tons and routinely travel at speeds as high as eighty miles per hour on some highways. At those speeds, there are no safety measures, such as seatbelts and airbags, that can keep a person completely safe. Automotive accidents can result in serious personal injury or even wrongful death in the most serious cases. Each year, an estimated 30,000 people are killed in the United States from car accidents, and hundreds-of-thousands more are injured.
A Wisconsin woman was traveling eastbound in her car on Interstate 94 with her family when they struck the future defendant’s semi-truck that was parked alongside the road. The claim that was brought alleges that the semi was inappropriately parked and stuck out into the road too much for the car to avoid. As a result of the crash, the plaintiff, Carlea Jo Lauer, suffered a broken back, and her left arm was broken in two spots. She required multiple operations to her intestines. She remained in intensive care at Gillette Children’s Hospital in the Twin Cities for 107 days. Unfortunately, the car accident left her paralyzed from the waist down.
Lauer and her attorney, Dana Wachs, filed a lawsuit against the driver of the truck and the insurance carrier for her pain and suffering, emotional distress, future rehabilitation and medical expenses, as well as pecuniary damages for her inability to work. Due to the terms of the settlement set by the insurance carrier, the amount was not disclosed to the public.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your physical and emotional injuries. Please contact one of our expert Massachusetts automotive accident injury lawyers today at 617-787-3700, or email us any time of day at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free and private consultation.