Bicycle Accidents Verdicts and Settlements
$1.6 Million – Bicycle Accident
A Brevard County jury awarded $1.6 million dollars to the Plaintiff whose leg was crushed when she was run over by an 18 wheel tractor trailer. The Plaintiff was riding her bicycle east on the Eau Gallie Causeway when the tractor trailer pulled out of the Coastal convenience store parking lot. The accident left the Melbourne woman with a malfunctioning ankle and the inability to walk without the use of crutches or a cane.
The case handled by Attorney John N. Hamilton was tried to a jury and the verdict rendered was believed to be the second largest personal injury verdict in Brevard County history at the time of the trial.
The case highlighted the problem with bike lanes in that area. Unlike bike paths, which permit two way traffic, riders must go with the flow of traffic on bicycle lanes.
Confidential Settlement Amount – Bicycle Accident
The Plaintiff was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk along Wickham Road. The Defendant, while exiting a parking lot, pulled his SUV out into the path of the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff’s bicycle struck the side of the Defendant’s vehicle. The Plaintiff suffered injuries to his head, face, mouth, shoulders and neck. The Defendant retained physicians to say most of the Plaintiff’s injuries were unrelated to the accident.
All along, the Defendant denied liability, arguing that the Plaintiff was traveling too fast, unlawfully riding on the sidewalk, and that the Defendant’s view was obstructed. Prior to filing the lawsuit, the Plaintiff only requested that the Defendant pay his outstanding medical bills – this was rejected by the Defendant and his insurance company. After filing the lawsuit and aggressively proceeding towards trial, Nance Cacciatore settled the case for a value more than five times the pre-suit offer.