The plaintiff in a Westchester County, NY pedestrian car accident case recently settled for $700,000. The plaintiff, a 45-year-old male, allegedly suffered bulging discs at L4-5 and L5-S1 after being struck by defendant’s car while crossing the street. The defendant’s vehicle (vehicle #1) was reportedly trying to avoid a collision with another vehicle (vehicle #2), who swerved in order to avoid hitting the plaintiff in the roadway.
The plaintiff claimed that the drivers of both vehicles failed to take evasive action to avoid the accident, failed to keep a proper lookout, drove at excessive rates of speed, and failed to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian. The plaintiff further contended that the driver of vehicle #2 was employed by California Closet Co. and Westco Closet Corp. at the time of the accident, and that these entities were vicariously liable for the driver’s actions.
The defendants denied liability and contended that the plaintiff failed to cross the roadway at a designated crosswalk. However, the case settled pre-trial for $700,000.