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Suit brought against UConn shuttle driver who ran over student

The family of David Plamondon, a 20-year-old University of Connecticut student who died after being hit by a UConn shuttle bus last March, has filed a lawsuit against the driver of the bus, 21-year-old Lukasz Gilewski, reports the Hartford Courant. Legal loans are available as a source of funding for those undertaking litigation related to car accidents.

According to an arrest warrant, Gilewski, also a student at the university, was making a left turn while driving the bus on the UConn campus when he hit Plamondon, who was crossing the street in a crosswalk, the Courant reports. A passenger on the bus told police Gilewski waved at the driver of a passing shuttle bus just before the accident occurred. Gilewski confirmed he made eye contact with the other driver, and when he looked back at the road, it was too late to avoid hitting Plamondon.

A police investigation determined Gilewski was not talking on his cell phone at the time of the collision, the Courant reports, nor was he drunk or on drugs. The news source says the Plamondon family lawyer, Michael Walsh, filed a civil lawsuit right after Gilewski was arraigned on charges of negligent homicide and failure to yield.

National Highway Traffic Safety Board data shows 26 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in Connecticut in 2009.

$6.5 million award for victims of Chicago police car accident

The Chicago City Council Finance Committee has approved a $6.5 million settlement in the case of two children hit by an unmarked police car in 2004, The Chicago Tribune reports. Lawsuit loans can often be obtained to help defray the cost of litigation for those seeking damages related to car accidents.

According to The Tribune, 8-year-old Gregory Jones and 11-year-old Datondra Mitchell were crossing a street in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago when they were hit by a police car driven by Officer Mark Delboccio. Jones died two days after the accident, and Mitchell suffered a fractured skull and temporary hearing loss.

A Law Department explanation of the case said Delboccio was involved in a pursuit at the time of the collision, The Tribune reports. According to the news source, Delboccio said he saw a man in a vehicle point a gun at a pedestrian and began a pursuit with his lights flashing and siren on. But Delboccio’s superior later said the officer never obtained permission to engage in a chase, and no witnesses corroborated that Delboccio was following another car.

If the settlement is approved by the full city council in a vote later this week, the Tribune says Mitchell will receive $590,000 and Jones’s family will get the balance of damages.

Earlier this month, the Rome News-Tribune reported a $6 million lawsuit was filed by the family of a 5-year-old girl killed in an accident that occurred during the course of a high-speed police chase.

Accident kills two children, prompts lawsuit

Edward Thomas, who was a passenger in a minivan that flipped three times after sideswiping another vehicle on the Ohio Turnpike, has sued the driver of the minivan, reports the Lorain County Chronicle-Telegram. Individuals can often secure legal loans to help defray the cost of lawsuits related to car accidents.

According to the Chronicle-Telegram, 31-year-old Setita Patrick was driving a Kia Sedona on the Ohio Turnpike on July 29, 2009, when she hit a PT Cruiser driven by Jose Arzuaga. The Sedona, which police say was traveling between 88 and 103 miles per hour, flipped over several times. Patrick’s 5-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter were thrown from the vehicle and killed. Her 5-month-old son was also ejected but survived. Police investigators said none of the kids was wearing a seat belt.

Patrick told police she fell asleep at the wheel.

Thomas’s lawsuit alleges he suffered injuries in the accident and has experienced post-traumatic stress, according to the Chronicle-Telegram. He is seeking $25,000 in damages.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows 1,108 children between 5 and 15 years old died in accidents in 2009.

Settlement rejected in case of accident caused by floor mat

The family of Mark Saylor, a California man who died in a 2009 car accident that also claimed the lives of his wife, daughter and brother-in-law, has turned down a $6 million settlement offered by Bob Barker Lexus, reports KGTV, the San Diego ABC affiliate. Legal loans are one possible source of funding for litigation related to car accidents.

According to KGTV, investigators concluded a wrong-sized floor mat caused Saylor’s accelerator to get stuck, precipitating the crash that killed him and his family members. The news source says the Saylor family sued the maker of the car, Toyota, and the dealership that provided the car as a loaner, Bob Barker Lexus.

Toyota settled with the family for $10 million, KGTV says, though the company did not admit or deny liability. The Saylors’ attorney, John Gomez, told the news source Bob Barker Lexus is more culpable for what happened than Toyota, and therefore the offer of $6 million to settle was not acceptable.

In February 2011, Toyota recalled 2.17 million vehicles due to hazardous floor mats that could cause gas pedal jams. Businessweek reported the Japanese automaker has recalled 5.3 million vehicles due to floor mat issues since 2009.

Maine family sues after death of teen

The family of Thomas McLendon, a 19-year-old Oxford, Maine, man who died in a single-vehicle accident in October 2010, has sued the driver of the car, reports the Lewiston Sun Journal. Individuals seeking financial assistance to undertake litigation related to car accidents can often obtain lawsuit loans.

A police report says 17-year-old Morgan Kesseli was driving a Chevy Trailblazer on Waterford Road in Harrison, Maine, when she lost control of the vehicle, crossed lanes of oncoming traffic, and hit a tree, according to the Sun Journal. Two of her passengers, 20-year-old Jacob Hill and 21-year-old Timothy Coffin, were injured, and her third passenger, McLendon, was killed. The police concluded the accident occurred primarily because Kesseli was speeding.

The McLendons’ lawsuit alleges Kesseli’s negligence caused Thomas’s wrongful death, reports the Sun Journal. The news source says Kesseli already faces criminal charges, including manslaughter and aggravated driving to endanger.

According to the Sun Journal, the owner of the Trailblazer, Lisa Palmer, has also been named a defendant in the civil lawsuit.

Maine Department of Motor Vehicles statistics indicate speeding causes more accidents in the state than any other traffic violation.

Second settlement for injured Massachusetts reserve police officer

The town of Mansfield, Massachusetts, has settled a lawsuit brought by Thomas Levesque, a reserve police officer injured while on duty at the town’s Comcast Center, the Attleboro Sun Chronicle reports. Individuals seeking compensation for workplace injuries can often secure legal loans to help fund litigation.

Levesque was responding on bicycle to a fight that had broken out in the Comcast Center parking lot when he ran into a cable stretched between barriers, according to the Sun Chronicle. The news source says Levesque filed two suits, one against the Comcast Center and the town of Mansfield and the other against the town of Mansfield and Police Chief Arthur O’Neill, alleging injuries to his head and neck prevented him from returning to work as a reserve officer and electrical engineer.

The suit against the Comcast Center was settled last year for $335,000, the Sun Chronicle reports. The settlement amount in the second suit has not yet been disclosed.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers show 5.8 cases of workplace injury or illness among every 100 state and local government workers, which is higher than the 3.6 cases reported for every 100 private industry workers.

Woman sues bus driver after accident in Walmart parking lot

Tina Cargene, a Canterbury, Connecticut, woman injured after being hit by a Southeast Area Transit bus last September, has filed documents indicating her intention to sue SEAT, local newspaper The Day reports. Individuals seeking damages for injuries incurred in car accidents can often obtain legal loans to defray the cost of litigation.

Cargene alleges she was in a crosswalk in the parking lot of the Walmart in Lisbon Landing, Connecticut, on the afternoon of September 10, 2001, when she was hit by a SEAT bus driven by Thomas Poirier, according to The Day. In court documents, Cargene says Poirier was using an electronic device while driving, did not use the horn and was speeding.

Kelly Reardon, Cargene’s attorney, told The Day her client has not determined what amount of money she will seek. Reardon said Cargene has lost wages and incurred medical expenses for treating injuries to her arms, legs, knees and hips.

A civil suit was recently brought against a University of Connecticut shuttle bus driver who allegedly hit and killed a UConn undergraduate.

Disengaged trailer hits pickup, kills man

Sharon Hutinett, a 48-year-old Greenwood, Missouri, resident whose husband, Stephen Hutinett, was killed after a trailer became disengaged from a dump truck and hit the Hutinetts’ vehicle, has filed a lawsuit against the driver of the truck and the company he works for, the Pulaski County Daily reports. Individuals seeking damages related to car accidents can often obtain lawsuit loans to help fund litigation.

According to the Pulaski County Daily, Kenneth Helton was driving a dump truck pulling a trailer owned by Sloan Excavating on the night of June 30, when the trailer became detached from the truck and crashed into the Hutinetts’ pickup.

The lawsuit alleges Helton and Sloan Excavating are guilty of negligence for not securing the trailer to the dump truck with safety chains, the Pulaski County Daily reports. The lawsuit also says the trailer’s rear lights were not working at the time of the crash, and the trailer should have been equipped with airbrakes.

Earlier this year, an Enfield, New Hampshire, man died after his car was hit by a trailer that had become disengaged from a logging truck, according to WPTZ, the local NBC affiliate.

Those injured in a auto accident and have filed a lawsuit can look for lawsuit loans from lawsuit funding company to get money while their lawyer works to settle their case. Those call lawsuit loans, this transactions are not actual loans since you are not required to pay back any money if the case doesn’t settle.

Driver who fled accident scene faces civil suit

The family of Jason Robinett, a 26-year-old New Jersey father of two who died in a single-vehicle car accident last November, has sued the driver of the car, 19-year-old William Shough, the Newark Advocate reports. Legal funding from a presettlement funding provider  can often be secured as a source of financial assistance by those undertaking litigation related to car accidents. Presettlement funding can help palintiffs get the money they need fbefore their case settles. And since you are not required to pay back the presettlement funding if your case doesn’t settle, it’s not a loan.

According to court documents, the accident occurred at about 2 a.m. on the night of November 15, 2010, while Shough was driving to get more beer for a party he was attending, the Advocate reports. Shough drove the car off the road and into a tree, ejecting his passenger, Robinett, from the vehicle. Hours after fleeing the scene, Shough turned himself in to police.

The lawsuit alleges Shough was speeding and under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred, according to the Advocate. The news source says Shough has already been sentenced to six months in jail after being convicted on a number of criminal counts, including leaving the scene of the accident.

National Highway Traffic Safety statistics indicate 6,236 car occupants were killed in single-vehicle crashes in 2009.

Lawsuits filed in notorious Taconic Parkway crash

On July 26, 2009, 36-year-old Diane Schuler got behind the wheel of a van and drove into oncoming traffic on New York’s Taconic Parkway, where she collided with an SUV, killing herself, four children in her van, and the three occupants in the other vehicle. Now, Schuler’s husband, Daniel, has sued New York state and his brother-in-law Warren Hance, who owned the van Schuler was driving at the time of the crash. Lawsuit loans from a lawsuit funding company can often be obtained by those who need financial assistance to pursue litigation related to car accidents. Though these are refered to as loans, lawsuit loans are actually an advance against a lawsuit. That is because with lawsuit loans, if your case doesn’t settle, you owe nothing.

There has been ongoing speculation about what caused Schuler to drive the wrong way down a busy highway for nearly two miles with her son, daughter and three nieces in the car. Toxicology tests revealed she had a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit as well as marijuana in her system. But her husband has denied she was addicted to alcohol or drugs and has sought to exonerate her.

Daniel Schuler’s suit against New York alleges confusing signage contributed to his late wife’s fatal mistake of entering the wrong side of the parkway. In his separate suit against Hance, whose three daughters died in the crash, Schuler says his brother-in-law is “vicariously liable” for the crash because the van belonged to him.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,007 fatal head-on collisions in 2009.