Parker County man wins $5.2M settlement against elderly driver
If you're living in Dallas, you may be interested in hearing about the resolution of this case involving a car accident. This accident involved a motorcyclist who was hit by a car driven by an elderly 83-year-old woman who was headed the wrong way on Interstate 20. The reports did not indicate that the woman had been injured.
According to reports, the man was awarded $5.2 million by a Parker County jury following a trial. The man had been headed westbound on October 8, 2010, when his Suzuki motorcycle was hit by the woman. She was driving the wrong way down the exit ramp in Hudson Oaks, according to the man's attorney.
The man sustained multiple injuries including a broken arm, fractures of both femurs and his pelvis, the amputation of one leg below the knee, and a punctured lung. When the event was being investigated, a Hudson Oaks police officer allegedly questioned the woman's ability to drive, and he notified the Texas Department of Public Safety. The woman had taken five tests to keep her license, and only narrowly passed the last one, according to a news release from the man's legal representation. The attorneys allegedly questioned her comprehension of the driving skills she needed.
According to Texas law, people over the age of 79 must appear in person at a DPS office to renew their licenses every two years. The man has stated that he would like to see more mandatory driving tests at license renewals at an earlier age to help prevent others from being injured.
Being involved in an accident like this one can be life changing, and seeking representation is wise. Understanding your legal right to compensation for the payment of medical bills, pain and suffering, and other factors of your accident is vital.
Star-Telegram, "Parker County man wins $5.2 million judgment against elderly driver" Lance Winter, Aug. 02, 2013