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$6.3 million – Trucking Accident Settlement

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.

$5 Million – Pedestrian Death Trial

The weather in Florida is fantastic for getting outside for walks or jogging through the neighborhood. Unfortunately, accidents can befall pedestrians as they try to get some exercise. The attorneys at Nance Cacciatore have been able to help victims and their families when they suffer traumatic and even fatal injuries.

The defendant was home in Merritt Island on Spring Break from the University of Florida. At approximately 11:10 a.m., she went for a jog near Rotary Park on S. Courtenay Parkway and, while on the bike path, a dump truck operated by one of Defendant’s employees lost control, flipped on its side, and careened off the road onto the bike path, striking the decedent. She was transported by air ambulance to an Orlando hospital and declared brain dead.

Life support was disconnected and an organ donation was made. The defendant driver claimed that his vehicle was overloaded with fill dirt, causing his vehicle to “float.” The driver had been driving the dump truck for nearly thirty miles in that alleged condition. Eyewitnesses claimed that the driver was traveling in excess of forty-five mph in a thirty-five mph zone. The Defendant alleged comparative negligence against Crusher Siteworks, Inc. (a non-party entity that had loaded the dirt into the dump truck two hours previous to the accident).

Nance Cacciatore and S. Sammy Cacciatore obtained a jury verdict of $5,053,000. They had previously filed a proposal for settlement with the Court for $3,000,000 which was rejected by the defense. This jury verdict resulted in the defense having to pay significant attorney’s fees and costs in addition to the verdict.

$3 million – Automobile Accident/Wrongful Death

Trucking accidents are an all too common occurrence on our roadways. Negligent truckers can cause serious injury and even death because they aren’t paying attention as they drive. 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/Wrongful Death

Trucking accidents are an all too common occurrence on our roadways. Negligent truckers can cause serious injury and even death because they aren’t paying attention as they drive. 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.

$2 million – Pedestrian Injury settlement

Unfortunately, from time to time pedestrians are involved in accidents with truck drivers. The results of such accidents are almost always tragic. The Nance Cacciatore law firm was involved in a case where the plaintiff pedestrian was struck on I-95 by a Mack truck in St. Lucie County. He had stopped as a good Samaritan to pick-up a ladder that was a hazard laying in the highway. Jack Hamilton hired a truck driving expert to help show how the truck driver was negligent in failing to follow proper procedures in maintaining control of his vehicle. The case settled on the eve of trial for $2 Million.

$2 million – Catastrophic Automobile Accident Settlement

When an individual is involved in an accident with a large truck, the results are often catastrophic. Nance Cacciatore 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 witnesses 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. The Nance Cacciatore law firm always seeks to make sure that our clients receive a result that won’t just help them in the short-term, but also for the rest of their life.

$2.55 Million – Semi-tractor & Automobile Collision Settlement

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.

$1.6 Million – Bicycle Accident

Going for a bicycle ride is a great way to get some exercise, or unwind. However, when a bicyclist is involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, particularly a truck, the results can be catastrophic. 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 by 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.

The attorneys at Nance Cacciatore are dedicated to making sure that bike riders who have been involved in truck accidents receive the compensation they deserve.

$800,000 – Truck Accident settlement

Jack Hamilton recovered $800,000.00 for the Plaintiff who was injured when an FPL truck backed into his pickup. The Plaintiff incurred injuries to his low back as well as his neck and several years later underwent surgery in both areas. The case was settled prior to trial at a mediation conference.

$335,000 – Van & Tractor Collision Verdict

The Plaintiff was one of five passengers in a Plymouth van that was rear-ended by a 1985 Peterbilt tractor that was “bobtailing”, or traveling without a trailer attached. The vehicles were traveling on S.R. 192 when the accident occurred near camp Holly on the St. John’s River in Brevard County.

The collision was quite significant. The Plaintiff was seated on the floor of the van as one of the seats had been removed prior to taking this trip.The Plaintiff suffered transverse spinous process fractures at L1 through L4 that were minimally displaced. In addition, two years before the trial, he began to develop a sporadic problem with a left foot drop phenomenon. However, all diagnostic studies performed to date were essentially normal.

While the defense expert, an orthopedic surgeon, testified that the Plaintiff had not suffered a permanent injury as a result of this accident, Nance Cacciatore’s expert physician disagreed.

The Plaintiff’s expert, a neurosurgeon, testified that the Plaintiff had indeed suffered a permanent injury as a result of this accident. It was his opinion that the Plaintiff would need updated MRI scans of his spine, as well as updated nerve testing of his upper and lower extremities. These would be done in an effort to pinpoint the source of his underlying radiating problems.

Nance Cacciatore received a verdict for the Plaintiff in the amount of $335,315.48.

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