Attorneys File Suit on Denied Car Accident Case and Eventually Settle for $400,000.00

Lawyers, R. Michael Chandler and I. Timothy Zarsadias, with Hull & Chandler, P.A. settled an automobile accident case for $400,000.00. A write up of this case was published in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly on September 9, 2010.

The client in this case was a 17 year old student who was riding home from school with another student. She was injured when the driver of her vehicle pulled in front of a logging truck.

The driver of our client’s vehicle died in the collision and our client was knocked unconscious. She was transported to Carolina’s Medical Center where she was in the ICU for three weeks recovering from her injuries.

The driver’s insurance tendered the limits of their insurance policy of $100,000.00. However, the insurance carrier for the logging truck denied the claim based upon the truck driver’s contention that the plaintiff’s vehicle ran a stop sign.

Hull & Chandler, P.A. filed suit on behalf of our client alleging that the logging truck was exceeding the speed limit and failed to maintain a reasonable lookout and control.

Despite our client’s less-than-clear recollection of the moments leading up to the collision due to the head injury she sustained, we were able to use accident reconstruction experts to show that the truck driver could have taken action to avoid the accident.

After we successfully defended a motion for summary judgment, the case was settled for $400,000.00, which was structured at our client’s request to pay our client, after legal fees and liens, in the amount of $498,000.00 over the next 38 years.