A woman who suffered catastrophic injuries when the van she was riding in was hit in an intersection by a vehicle whose driver was speeding and had run a red light has settled her negligence lawsuit for nearly $1.68M. In her lawsuit, the victim claimed that the driver of the vehicle that hit the van she was riding in was negligent for speeding, for running a red light and for failing to keep a proper lookout.
According to the case , the unidentified victim, a 56-year-old woman, suffered several serious injuries including:
- A traumatic brain injury which can leave the injured with cognitive impairment.
- Dental fractures which resulted in temporomandibular joint dysfunction which can cause face, jaw or neck pain and stiff jaw muscles.
- A brachial plexus traction injury which causes her pain in her arm and makes it difficult to lift things and perform routine household tasks.
The victim had $345,100 in medical expenses and will require future medical care.
Red light violations are a major cause of car accidents in Washington state. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, approximately 260,000 motor vehicle accidents are caused by red light runners every year. In some cases, red light runners take their eyes off of the road and are distracted. In other cases, the driver may be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. As in this case, often a driver who runs a red light has committed another traffic infraction.
This information is provided by Seattle car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been injured in broadside and t-bone car accidents caused by red light runners. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.
Case Citation: Doe v. Roe, Confidential Dkt. No. (Pa., Phila. Co. Com. Pleas Oct. 12, 2011).