$1,200,000 Settlement for Automobile Accident

Blume Donnelly partner, Jeffrey J. Zenna, represented a commercial pilot traveling to work on Route 80 Eastbound in New Jersey. One of the defendants in the case, traveling westbound, went across the median and hit our client’s vehicle. Our client’s car was pushed across the roadway and he was then struck by a tractor trailer.

As a result of the accident our client suffered fractures of his pelvis, leg and ankle, requiring four surgeries. Although the New Jersey State Police accident reconstruction team determined that the tractor trailer could not avoid hitting our client’s vehicle, Jeffrey discovered through his investigation, that roadside and other drug testing was performed on the truck driver, the results of which were positive for intoxicating substances including marijuana; proving the driver was under the influence at the time of the accident.

Mr. Zenna first recovered the full amount available under the insurance policy from the first driver who hit our client, and also obtained money from our own client’s insurance coverage. Then, in light of the drug test results, Jeffrey obtained further recovery from the truck driver’s insurance company. The total of the settlements was $1,200,000.