A Geneva County jury returned a verdict of $3.8 million in a case involving
a client who was severely injured in an alcohol-related car crash. The
plaintiff was represented by attorneys Mark Andrews and Tracy Cary.
The accident took place at the intersection of Alabama Highway 167 and
Geneva County road 41. A Geneva County resident was found under the influence
of alcohol when discovered at the scene of the accident. He failed to
stop at a stop sign and drove into the path of the plaintiff’s vehicle.
Both vehicles were overturned.
Not only did the passengers in the other vehicle suffer severe and permanent
injuries, but the life of the minor passenger in the defendant’s
vehicle was permanently impacted as a result of the accident. She was
found trapped under the truck and, not surprisingly, had to be airlifted
to Southeast Alabama Medical Center. While on life support, she was found
to have suffered brain injuries and a broken jaw. The male plaintiff suffered
a severely broken neck that required an extensive neck fusion surgery.
Later, he developed life-threatening blood clotting in his lungs. The
female plaintiff’s injuries included a broken foot and a seatbelt
laceration, as well as other injuries that caused permanent pain.
The defendant was in full denial of his responsibility for the accident,
even though all of the facts pointed to his guilt. Not only did an eye-witness
testify to watching him speed through the stop sign, but his blood alcohol
level was recorded at .059 and .073. According to the experts, drivers
with an alcohol level as low as .03% may lose depth of field perception
and suffer the inability to make safe decisions. It was determined that
the defendant was not in a safe state of mind to drive at the time of
In the end, the jury determined that an amount of $3.8 million was appropriate
to compensate the plaintiffs for their losses and suffering. Find out more by
contacting our firm today!
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