Auto Accidents Lawsuits

$693,000 – Automobile Accident Trial

The Plaintiff was involved in a motor vehicle collision where he sustained neck and back injuries. The Plaintiff’s primary complaints were cervical (neck) herniations. By the time the case reached trial, the Plaintiff had undergone chiropractic care and pain management. His doctors testified that he would require some form of treatment for the remainder of his life. The case was complicated by the fact that the Plaintiff had previous chiropractic treatments and was not able to present a claim for lost wages.The Plaintiff extended a Proposal for Settlement to the Defendant in the amount of $39,900 before trial – the Defendant, being represented by State Farm, rejected the offer to settle. At trial, Sam Cacciatore and secured a verdict of over $550,000, which resulted in a judgment in excess of $693,000.

$6.4 Million – Catastrophic Automobile Accident Trial

Nance Cacciatore has extensive experience representing clients who have been involved in catastrophic automobile accidents. A tragic auto accident left a man a quadriplegic. During an eight-day trial, Jack Hamilton and Sammy Cacciatore presented critical evidence that the accident was caused by the driver of a rented (Enterprise Leasing Company) Cadillac sedan. The defendant denied being in the driver’s seat at the time of the accident.

Our client was driving his Dodge pickup truck south on I-95 toward Palm Bay, Florida. As he approached the Eau Gallie interchange, there was a collision with the Cadillac. The impact caused his pickup truck to topple forward and roll over three times before it came to rest in the median. Due to the extreme force of the rollover, the roof of the car was crushed, and he sustained a compression injury to his spinal cord.

Five minutes earlier, the defendant had driven the Cadillac into the rear of another vehicle, causing that car to spin off the road, down the embankment to the west. He claimed he left his car to check on the occupants of the car he had hit, and that he was not in his rented Cadillac at all, when the collision with our client’s pickup truck occurred. This was not true, and Jack Hamilton and Sammy Cacciatore hired a professional engineering expert to prove it. This expert demonstrated how a deformation in the Cadillac’s driver’s seat and console area did prove that this defendant was indeed seated in his car and pulling out into the roadway at the time of the collision with our client’s vehicle.

There was also extensive testimony regarding the angles of impact of the vehicles, including an attempt by the defense to use a computer program to try and prove that the Cadillac had been parked on the side of the road.

The defendants had offered $3 million to settle the case before it went to trial, but Jack Hamilton and Sammy Cacciatore took the case to court. After eight days of trial, the partners obtained a $6.4 million settlement for this deserving client. It was a privilege to be able to assist this client after such a devastating accident.

$6.3 million – Trucking Accident Settlement

Over the years the Nance Cacciatore law firm has handled a plethora of automobile accident cases involving tractor trailers. Truckers can pose many potential problems for other motor vehicle drivers, especially when they are not as alert as they should be, or when their vehicles are not maintained like they are required to be. Nance Cacciatore has decades of experience assisting victims of trucking accidents gain the compensation they deserve.

The Plaintiff was involved in a major commercial trucking accident on I-95 involving multiple vehicles. As a result of the negligence of the commercial vehicle, two individuals were killed and two others sustained injuries. Nance Cacciatore was asked by the surviving parents of one of the decedents, who was in his early twenties, to represent them in this complex case against multiple corporate and commercial defendants. Nance Cacciatore teamed up with two other Central Florida law firms to bring lawsuits on behalf of the families of the two deceased motorists and the severely injured victims. As a result of the intense pressure brought on the various defendants, the insurance companies tendered their collective insurance limits of $6,300,000.00. Sammy Cacciatore secured in excess of $2,000,000.00 of the gross settlement on behalf of the parents of this young man.

$3 million – Automobile Accident/Wrongful Death

It’s a terrible fact of life that sometimes a loved one can be taken from us due to an accident that was entirely preventable. The negligence of others can result in the loss of life of those we hold so dear. The attorneys at Nance Cacciatore understands that those who are careless need to be held accountable. We have the experience and resources to handle wrongful death cases of all types.

The Plaintiff was returning from a vacation on Sanibel Island with his wife and their five-year-old son, when a logging truck — overloaded by 6,000 pounds — caused a terrible accident. The logging truck hit a dairy truck, which was forced into their car. Our client tried to pull over and get out of the way, but the dairy truck was forced into his car, killing him instantly. Fortunately, the wife and child were spared. The logging truck was found to have 23 defects, 11 of which would have kept it off the highway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

James Nance negotiated a settlement agreement that paid in excess of $3 million.

$3 million – Automobile Accident Settlement

At Nance Cacciatore we make sure to take into account the long term well-being of our clients. Just one day before the scheduled court date, Jack Hamilton was able to reach a $3 million settlement for his client, who suffered permanent injuries as a result of a car accident. The Plaintiff had just picked up her daughter from daycare and was driving southbound on U.S. 1 when a car crossed the median and smashed into her vehicle head-on. It took the Jaws of Life and several firefighters to free her from her car. Her daughter was physically unharmed. When the accident first occurred, doctors wanted to amputate her right leg because of the extensive damage. She refused, and opted for heavy doses of medication and a year-and-a-half of rehabilitative therapy instead. To this day she walks with a limp and there is always the possibility she can still lose her leg, but the way that Jack Hamilton was able to structure her settlement of $3 million, our client will get benefits for the rest of her life.The attorneys at Nance Cacciatore are determined to seek the best outcome possible for each and every client.

$2.55 Million – Semi-tractor & Automobile Collision Settlement

At the Nance Cacciatore law firm we have the experience and resources needed to take on trucking companies who are responsible for automotive accidents here in Brevard county.

In one case S. Sammy Cacciatore was retained by the family for the death of the patriarch and matriarch of the family. The deceased was 75 years of age and a retired postal worker. His wife was also 75 years of age and together they were survived by three adult children in their forties and several grandchildren. They were driving north on Interstate 95. As they approached the Beeline Expressway along with two other vehicles, a semi-tractor trailer traveling southbound failed to notice a white car that pulled out from the median shoulder. Because of his inattention, the truck driver never reduced speed but rather turned into the median, crossing it and jack-knifing the trailer across both of the northbound lanes, instantly throwing a “barndoor” across the lane that our client’s vehicle was traveling. There was an instant collision and our client had no time to take any evasive action.

The truck driver testified that he had noticed the white car parked in the median shoulder over 1300 feet earlier. Another truck driver ahead of him testified that he, too, had noticed this car and had moved into the right lane with no problems. Furthermore, the truck involved had various violations of truck regulations including faulty front axle brakes that would have put it out of service. The defense claimed that this was a sudden pull out and that there was nothing the truck driver could have done to avoid this wreck.

This case was consolidated with the cases of the other victims. S. Sammy Cacciatore was one of the lead counsels in preparing this case for trial. Because of the positions taken by the truck driver and the company for which he was driving, it was a technical case involving trucking experts, accident reconstructionists, trucking regulation experts and depositions from various witnesses and truck drivers from all over the country. A trucking expert testified that as a professional driver, the defendant had a responsibility to keep alert of hazards and potential hazards ahead.

A car sitting in the median was a potential hazard and as the other truck drivers had done, should have been anticipated. The defendant had not considered that vehicle as a hazard and never slowed down. When the vehicle did start to pull out, he testified that the defendant’s actions were also inappropriate because he did not attempt to stop and went into the median which posed a significant danger to oncoming traffic.

A professional engineer was hired to reconstruct the accident. From his reconstruction, it was established that if the defendant had applied his brakes, this tragedy could have been avoided. The defense in the case also hired a professional engineer to reconstruct the accident. Under careful cross-examination, the professional engineering expert for the defense actually admitted that had the defendant simply applied his brakes instead of taking the action that he did, he would have been able to stop without striking the white car.

On the morning of trial just before the selection of the jury, the defendants finally settled the case. On behalf of the adult three children, Nance Cacciatore was able to obtain a total settlement of $2,550,000.00.

$1.7 million – Automobile Collision/Wrongful Death

Every family’s nightmare is to have a loved one ripped away from them from a tragic accident. Nance Cacciatore secured a $1.7 million settlement on behalf of the husband and children of a woman killed as a result of an automobile accident in Ft. Myers, Florida. The at-fault driver was operating a leased vehicle and his automobile insurance coverage had been canceled. This case was instrumental in a change in the law that later required long- term vehicle lessors to carry a combined property damage and bodily injury liability insurance coverage in the amount of $1 million or more.

$1.5 million – Police Officer killed by drunk driver, Verdict

Senseless accidents happen all too often in this world, and those at fault need to be held accountable. On May 31, 1992 the decedent, a Satellite Beach police officer, had made a routine stop of a motor vehicle along Highway A1A in Satellite Beach. While working a routine traffic stop, the on-duty police officer was killed when a drunk driver rear-ended his motor vehicle that was stopped along the side of the road.

Nance Cacciatore with James H. Nance represented the mother and father of the deceased, a 22 year-old police officer, in a wrongful death action against the drunk driver and obtained a $1.5 million verdict at trial for their clients.

$1.2 Million – Pedestrian Accident Settlement

It’s always tragic when a pedestrian is involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. The Nance Cacciatore law firm is experienced in handling cases where individuals have been horribly injured due to the negligence of drivers.

The plaintiffs walking southbound along Croton Road on the bicycle path and stopped at its intersection with Treeline Boulevard. The defendant was driving his automobile southbound on Croton and attempting to turn left onto Treeline Boulevard. The other defendant was traveling northbound on Croton at an excessive rate of speed when his vehicle struck the turning vehicle operated by the first defendant forcing his vehicle toward the bike path striking the two pedestrians.

One of our clients suffered a fracture of the left clavicle, injury to the left shoulder and multiple lacerations on the scalp and knees. He had a loss of consciousness immediately following the trauma and suffered from dizziness.

Our other client suffered fractures of the right tibia, left femur, left ankle, left calcaneus, right fifth metacarpal, tears of the right knee ligament and meniscus, and multiple lacerations on the upper and lower extremities. She developed an infection following a bone graft.

S. Sammy Cacciatore obtained a joint settlement of $1,200.000.00.

$775,000 – Automobile Accident Settlement

A woman was injured in a significant accident where her car flipped over after being struck by another vehicle. She suffered neck and back injuries which had been treated conservatively so far but may require surgery in the future. The case settled at a mediation for $775,000.00.

$737,000 – Automobile Accident Trial

The Plaintiff was stopped southbound on US Highway 1 in Melbourne, Florida, awaiting a turn signal. The Defendant negligently swerved into the northbound lane of a large truck, forcing that vehicle to shift into the southbound lanes and crash head on into the Plaintiff’s Fed Ex van.

The Plaintiff sustained lacerations to her nose and face that were repaired plastic surgically. Plaintiff also sustained an aggravated injury to her pre-existing neck and back problems. The Plaintiff’s most significant complaints were the bilateral, chronic ankle sprain/strains that she experienced in this accident. The defense medical expert testified that she had not sustained a permanent injury and further testified that he found no reason for her not to return to work full-duty. The Plaintiff’s treating physicians testified that she had sustained permanent injury.

The Plaintiff had filed a Proposal for Settlement for the sum of $199,999.99 – this offer to settled was rejected by the Defendant. Nance Cacciatore with Sammy M. Cacciatore obtained a $737,479.00 verdict at trial for the Plaintiff.

$545,000 – Automobile Accident Settlement

The Plaintiffs were traveling northbound on John Rodes Boulevard in Melbourne when they were struck by the defendant, traveling in the opposite direction as he attempted to make a left hand turn onto Dow Road. The defendant’s actions resulted in an angular, head-on collision with the plaintiff’s car. One plaintiff sustained a right knee dashboard injury resulting in petellofemoral pain syndrome, maltracting, and damage to the condylar tissue of the right knee. In addition, he sustained a stress fracture of the second metatarsal of the right foot, as well as bilateral shoulder injuries, including impingement syndrome regarding the left shoulder.The other plaintiff sustained a compression fracture of one of the vertebral bodies in her low back.

Nance Cacciatore with Sammy M. Cacciatore settled these cases collectively for $545,000 on the second day of the trial.

$500,000 – Automobile Accident Settlement

The Plaintiff was injured in a serious motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Sarno Road and Eau Gallie Blvd. in Brevard County, FL. At that time, a car owned by Bob Steele Chevrolet, Inc., ran the red light and stuck the Plaintiff vehicle in her driver’s side door. The collision caused a separation of her right elbow and a fracture of her pelvis. She subsequently underwent surgery to repair the fracture of the pelvic ring and following that received a series of steroidal injections.

The Plaintiff was represented by Attorney Jack Hamilton and her case was resolved at a mediation conference for $500,000.00.

$354,000 – Automobile Accident Verdict

The Plaintiff was traveling northbound on Babcock Street in Melbourne when another vehicle traveling south on Babcock Street made a left hand turn at Florida Avenue, causing the vehicle to collide with Plaintiff’s vehicle. The other vehicle was cited for violation of right-of-way. Liability was not an issue in this case. The Plaintiff sustained a cervical and lumbar injury requiring a two level cervical fusion. The Defendant’s expert doctors argued that the Plaintiff’s injuries were not caused by the accident and alleged that no future treatment is necessary.

Prior to trial, the Plaintiffs would have settled for the $25,000 policy limits; however the Defendant insurance company refused to settle. John N. Hamilton and Sam M. Cacciatore obtained a $354,632.67 verdict at trial for the Plaintiffs.

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