Catastrophic Auto Accident Lawsuits
$6.4 Million – Catastrophic Automobile Accident Trial
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.
$2 million – Catastrophic Automobile Accident Settlement
Attorney Jack Hamilton obtained a $2 million recovery for a young man who, as a pedestrian, had been struck by a tractor trailer on I-95. The plaintiff and his father had stopped along the side of the highway to remove a ladder that had fallen off another vehicle, as they thought that it represented a safety hazard. While the rest of the vehicles on the highway slowed, the defendant trucker did not. The plaintiff’s attorneys hired a truck driving expert to show that the truck driver should have had a clear view of sight from his lofty position in the cab and should have been able to avoid the plaintiff in the roadway.
Unfortunately, the truck ran directly into the young man causing serious and permanent bodily injury and brain damage. Attorney Hamilton hired 10 separate damage witness to evaluate the injured plaintiff and testify at trial. The trucking company originally denied liability but on the eve of trial paid $2 million to settle. Most of the money was placed into a structured settlement which will provide the plaintiff with benefits for the rest of his life.