$ I Million Settlement for Family of Passenger Killed by Drunk Driver in Hampton Roads
ALL WRONGFUL DEATH CASES ARE DIFFERENT AND NO PREVIOUS CASE IS AN INDICATOR OF A FUTURE RESULT.
A passenger lost her life when the car she was traveling in was rear-ended at an intersection in Hampton Roads by a DUI driver.
The young woman was a talented collegiate athlete and had a promising medical career ahead of her at the time she was involved in the car crash. The driver who hit her was found to be drunk at the scene of the wreck. Another vehicle was also involved in the crash.
Attorney John Cooper of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the woman’s mother, father, a brother and several half brothers and sisters.
The under-insured motorist (UIM) negotiations in the case included a resolution by agreement of the companion cases of the young woman’s fiancee’s case and another friend who was also in the car with them at the time of the wreck. The total amount of the settlement was limited by the amount of insurance which was primarily the under-insured motorist insurance through the victim’s family policy.
The at-fault driver was subject to punitive damages because he was found to be intoxicated at the time of the crash. However, the defendant had only minimum insurance in the Commonwealth of Virginia which is $30,000 per person, $50,000 per accident.
Resolution of the case took place shortly after the at-fault driver was sentenced for the DUI. The claim included $6,000 in funeral expenses and $40,000 in hospital emergency room services.
The case was resolved before trial by settlement for $1 million.
Read more about the case from Virginia Lawyers Weekly here.