A couple who both lost a leg after they were hit by a teenage driver, Kyle Best, who was texting when he hit their motorcycle, have settled their lawsuit for $500,000, the limits of the teenage driver’s insurance policy.
The 2009 accident occurred when Best, 19, was distracted while texting and crossed into the Kubert’s lane.
The motorcycle accident left David and Linda Kubert in bad financial straits because neither of them have been able to return to work after the accident.
The couple had also filed suit against Best’s girlfriend, Shannon Colonna, claiming that Colonna, who had been texting Best, played a factor in the accident. However, the judge in the case, Superior Court Judge David Rand ruled that Colonna could not be held civilly liable for aiding and abetting Best’s conduct. The Kuberts are appealing the judges ruling.
Best was not charged in criminal court but he did plead guilty in Municipal Court for using a hand-held cell phone while driving. He is required to pay fines of less than $1,000 and to speak at 14 high schools about the dangers of texting and driving.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety calculates that distracted driving is a factor in nearly 8,000 car accidents every day. Studies have shown that the people’s driving performance severely degrades when attempting to perform two visual tasks at the same time such as driving and texting.
If your car, pedestrian or motorcycle accident was caused by a distracted driver, you may seek compensation for your damages in civil court. The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue injury accident law practice, can answer questions you might.
Couple who lost legs in crash settle for $500G
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