A Steamboat Springs woman who suffered multiple injuries in a 2011 accident was awarded $1.251 million by a Routt County jury. The accident took place on a snowy night a little west of Steamboat. According to a report, a driver in a 1994 Buick LeSabre failed to navigate curve on U.S. Highway 40, and she struck a Dodge Ram pickup with the passenger side of her vehicle.
There were two occupants inside the Dodge Ram, and both suffered serious injury. The Ram’s driver was not able to return to work after he suffered a traumatic brain injury in the accident, and the Ram’s passenger suffered a broken ankle, lower back injuries and a mild traumatic brain injury as well.
The Buick’s driver was taken to a nearby medical center with critical injuries where she was pronounced dead. She had 5.1 nanograms of active THC per milliliter of blood in her system, according to the autopsy report. Police also say that the driver had sent a text message very close to the time of the fatal accident.
The driver of the Ram received the maximum settlement allowed by the LeSabre driver’s insurance policy, which was $250,000. The insurance company also made an offer of $275,000 to the Ram’s passenger before the trial was to begin, but the attorney said that there were too many expenses and that the case had to go to court. The attorney also suggested that the woman’s back injury is growing worse and may require future surgery.
The trial lasted for seven days and concluded on Dec. 13. The jury awarded the plaintiff a settlement in the amount of $676,000 for lost wages and past and future medical bills. It also awarded $575,000 for other factors including pain and suffering.
As in this case, those who have suffered serious injury in an accident may be able to receive similar awards from the liable parties. Through filing a personal injury claim in civil court with the help of a lawyer, the victim of a car accident may be able to receive compensation for damages.
Craig Daily News, “Routt County jury awards $1.251 million to accident victim,” Matt Stensland, Dec. 17, 2013