A man who was struck while driving his motorcycle and dragged over one hundred yards by a Southern California Gas Co. truck has agreed to resolve his lawsuit for $46 million. The jury awarded the injury driver and his wife $41.8 million in compensatory damages. However, the parties reached the settlement agreement while the jury was deliberating the punitive damages portion of the case. Compensatory damages are sought to make the injured plaintiff whole, while punitive damages are awarded to punish the actions of defendants.
After a month-long trial and jury verdict for the injured driver, a $46 million dollar settlement was reached between a utility company and an Air Force captain. The man nearly died after he was struck by a SoCal Gas truck at a red light on his motorcycle and then dragged over 430 feet while wedged under the vehicle.
Recently, a Brazos County District Court jury awarded $17 million to a motorcyclist who sustained serious injuries when he was forced off the road by a U-Haul employee driving a moving truck with a trailer in tow.
Two motorcyclists were victimized in two separate hit-and-run crashes Sunday. One victim was killed, and the other, a Harris County Sheriff's Deputy, was injured. These are just the latest in a disturbing trend of hit-and-run collisions in Houston.
Riding a motorcycle puts the rider at more risk than all other vehicles. This doesn't mean that people riding motorcycles are poor drivers or somehow it's their fault they were hurt. People can point back and forth as to the cause of the wreck, but it's not who caused the wreck as much as can the motorcyclist survive it? One of the main reasons motorcyclists are killed in crashes is because the motorcycle itself provides virtually no protection in a crash. For example, approximately 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death; a comparable figure for automobiles is about 20 percent. NHTSA data from 2007 reveals that there are over four million motorcycles registered in the United States. Motorcycle fatalities represent approximately five percent of all highway fatalities each year, yet motorcycles represent just two percent of all registered vehicles in the United States.