Connecticut Attorney Highlights the Perils of Speeding and Recent Multimillion Dollar Jury Award
New Haven, CT (Law Firm Newswire) March 16, 2011 – Driving at high speeds is the second most common culprit of dangerous auto accidents. At high speeds, cars do not have time to avoid potential crashes, and cause more damage and injury. A jury recently awarded $14 million to a man who was severely injured in a car crash after they found the town of Clinton, Conn. responsible for the accident.Plaintiff Walker Hopkins suffered brain damage and will require lifetime care in an institution. Hopkins was only 19 years old when he was in the accident that caused the car he was a passenger in to hit a tree and throw him out of the car. The car was registered to Hopkins but driven by William Cardillo, who originally crashed into volunteer firefighter Matthew Vincent. Cardillo attempted to flee and Vincent ensued in a high-speed chase.
The main allegation of the lawsuit stated that Vincent was encouraged by dispatchers with Clinton’s emergency communications center to chase the vehicle. The high-speed chase led to Vincent running Hopkins car into a tree. The jury found the town and communications department 90 percent responsible for the crash and awarded Hopkins with $14 million. This award was the high-end estimate of costs he would incur for his injuries over the coming years.
The town will fight the jury decision and is planning an appeal. But the attorneys at Stratton Faxon, as well as Walker Hopkins, are standing firm that they won the case. They are one of the premier law firms for serious auto and truck collisions. And for more than a decade they have helped clients recover medical costs, lost wages, and handle insurance issues.
“There are many complex issues when a car accident happens,” said Joel Faxon, Connecticut personal injury attorney at Stratton Faxon. “You deserve proper compensation for grievances now and in the future. Hopkins and serious accident victims are justified to receive monies for their injuries.”
Stratton Faxon counsels individuals and families who have been harmed by recklessness, negligence, and malpractice. Beyond auto accidents, they assist clients who are seeking justice from product mishaps, defective drugs, wrongful death, slip and fall, construction accidents, and many other catastrophic personal injuries.
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