Case: “Smith” Family v. “John Doe” Company.
Result: a $1.6 million settlement for the Smith family.
On Easter Sunday, the Smiths piled in to the family car. They had plans to meet friends in Washington State for an Easter Dinner.
Then, a speeding truck crossed the highway center line and struck their car head-on.
Mrs. Smith took the brunt of the impact. She was horribly injured, and airlifted from crash site to a local trauma hospital. Other family members were also hurt. Sadly, the family dog did not survive.
The truck driver who struck their car had been drinking. He was driving a company truck.
At first, the insurance company said they were not liable. They tried to stick the Smith family with the huge medical bills from the car crash.
Then, lawyer Kevin Coluccio investigated the company.
The Smith’s attorney and his team found out that the truck driver had a history of drinking and then driving the company vehicle. They learned that other people at the company—including his supervisors—would go out and drink with the truck driver. The company knew about his dangerous drinking and driving.
After this investigation, the company’s insurance changed their position.
Most of the family recovered from the crash injuries. But Mrs. Smith had a long hospital stay, and months of rehabilitation. Through her hard work and the support of her family, she has made a successful recovery, although she has some permanent disabilities.
Attorney Kevin Coluccio obtained a 1.6 million dollar settlement to provide the family with necessary resources for her care, and to hold the company and the truck driver accountable.