Drunk/Distracted Driving Results
- DRIVER AND PASSENGER SEVERELY INJURED IN HEAD ON COLLISION CAUSED BY A DRUNK DRIVER WHO CROSSED THE CENTER LINE
- DRIVER INJURED IN A REAR END COLLISION CAUSED BY A DRUNK DRIVER DRIVING AT NIGHT WITH NO HEADLIGHTS
- POLICE OFFICER STRUCK BY VEHICLE DURING A TRAFFIC STOP, DRUNK DRIVER WHO WAS TEXTING
Larry Wall represented Bruce and Kathy M. who were injured in a head on collision on US-160 near Medicine Lodge, Kansas. The driver was intoxicated. He had just left a bar and drove another person’s car head on into their vehicle which was stopped at a red light. He was so drunk he picked the wrong car when he left the bar. Thus, he was driving a car without permission so that’s car’s insurance company denied coverage. Since he was driving without permission his own company also denied coverage. Larry Wall was able to recover by using the underinsured coverage that was available to his clients. Both clients were severely injured and required medical treatment. They were transported via ambulance to the hospital and after surgery and physical rehabilitation in the Pratt Regional Medical Center both were able to return to work. Because a punitive damage motion was filed and won by Larry Wall the driver of the vehicle had to contribute personally to the settlement. The driver is still making monthly payments pursuant to a promissory note and will do so for years.
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DRIVER INJURED IN A REAR END COLLISION CAUSED BY A DRUNK DRIVER DRIVING AT NIGHT WITH NO HEADLIGHTS
Larry Wall represented a client who was rear ended at night by a young man who was intoxicated and was driving so recklessly that witnesses called 911 before the wreck. He had just left a bar and was driving at a high rate of speed with his light off. He was driving with permission Mustang Mach I ® provided to him by his Grandfather. His Grandfather was an insurance company defense attorney. His Grandfather claimed he had given the car to an unknown friend so he would not be responsible for a negligent entrustment claim. Larry Wall filed suit against the Grandson and the Grandfather. A punitive damage motion was filed and won. The insurance company paid a substantial sum plus the driver signed a promissory note and is still making payments to the client.
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POLICE OFFICER STRUCK BY VEHICLE DURING A TRAFFIC STOP, DRUNK DRIVER WHO WAS TEXTING
Tina Huntington & Larry Wall represented a police officer who was outside of his vehicle while assisting another police officer with a traffic stop, when he was knocked to the hood of his patrol car and then to the ground when his patrol car was struck by a vehicle passing the scene. The driver of the vehicle admitted he was texting on his cell phone at the time of the incident. Lab results would later reveal he was also under the influence of alcohol. The officer suffered a left tibial fracture requiring open reduction and internal fixation. The claim was resolved for policy limits.