Reports of cell phone use and car crashes are becoming more common as mobile telephone use increases. However, computer use while driving is becoming another alarming "DUIT" danger. "DUIT" is "driving under the influence of technology," and is a dangerous form of "distracted driving."
In this Circuit Court injury case the Defendant turned left in front of the plaintiff, who had the right of way. The Plaintiff’s only gainful employment was as a part-time baby sitter. She was a high school graduate who had also briefly attended a bible college. The crash victim wound up with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury and orthopedic injuries. She had accumulated $658,209.97 medical expenses by the time the case was resolved through mediation accoring to the Lawyers Weekly case report.
The Defendants alleged that the plaintiff and her passenger had been using drugs at the time of the crash. The injured plaintiff’s counsel had filed motions in limine to keep this inflammatory material out of the case. It was alleged by plaintiff that the defendant was on his computer when he turned left in front of her. Evidence by the neuropsychological expert as well as the life care planner and vocational rehabilitation specialist all helped to contribute to the substantial settlement.